Our extensive and diverse Planning Team includes experienced City lawyers and lawyers that have previously worked in-house at local planning authorities. In addition to our vast planning experience, we are recognised nationally for our preeminent expertise in Coastal and Marine development.

We have extensive experience within the development industry and are at the leading edge of developments in planning law, ensuring that our advice is pragmatic, commercial, and efficient. This breadth of experience means we are well placed to advise on all aspects of planning and development issues. Our aim is simple, to help our clients get what they want in a time and cost efficient manner, whilst minimising the risks.

We work with a large number of developers (residential, mixed use, rural, coastal, transport and energy), public authorities, social housing providers, landowners and third parties on a range of schemes from major urban, rural and coastal developments to single unit applications. Matters we can assist with include advice in relation to planning applications and appeals, obtaining development consents, community infrastructure levy, compulsory purchase and compensation, section 106 agreements, infrastructure and highway agreements, enforcement, certificates of lawfulness, permitted development rights (including significant office to residential schemes), judicial review and statutory challenges, objecting to planning proposals, marine licensing and Harbour Orders.

Recent schemes we have advised on include Wembley Park (London), the Empress State Building (London, Earl's Court), Emerson's Green (Bristol), Exeter Bus and Coach Station (Exeter), Nansledan (Newquay), Cranbrook (Devon), Shepherd's Bush Market (Hammersmith, London), Firepool (Taunton), the Comeytrowe urban extension (Taunton), NLWA Eco-Park (Edmonton, London). and the SW Exeter Urban Extension.

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Relevant Experience
  • Advising the local planning authority in connection with the redevelopment of the Empress State Building in Earls Court, including a section 106 agreement providing off site affordable housing, financial contributions and linking the proposal with the wider Earls Court redevelopment.
  • Undertaking section 288 challenges for developer clients on sites in St Austell, Swindon and Wincanton in respect of both Inspector and Secretary of State decisions and advising a developer in Devon in respect of such a challenge brought by an environmental group.
  • Negotiating, on behalf of a housebuilder client, a section 106 Agreement for 500 home site in Somerset with both District and County Councils including affordable housing and various infrastructure contributions.
  • Advising a social housing company on their acquisition of new affordable housing units on a  multi-developer site at Emerson's Green, Bristol.  The site comprises a 99 hectare urban extension comprising employment, schools, housing, community facilities, transportation infrastructure, and open space. The matter included a the provision of a s106 Agreement that provides for provision of the amenities plus £33million of contributions.

Key Contact

Graham Cridland


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