Planning

Planning

Overview

Navigating the complexities of planning laws and development constraints is increasingly important in the face of greater and often conflicting pressures on development land, and a rise in public scrutiny and accountability within a constantly evolving policy framework. Our ability to guide clients through this landscape on larger, innovative or more complex developments, in a proportionate and pragmatic way sets us apart from our competitors.

We provide developers, infrastructure providers, investors and occupiers with cutting-edge legal advice on every step of the planning process. Our team has a wealth of contentious and non-contentious experience in finding commercial and practical solutions to planning issues arising from real estate developments and projects.

Our extensive experience includes advising on:

  • securing planning consent for development
  • variations of consents under ss.96 and 73
  • negotiation of planning agreements
  • negotiation of highway agreements under ss.8, 38 and 278
  • environmental protection within the planning context
  • site assemblage issues arising from development proposals
  • planning enforcement
  • appeals and public inquiries
  • DCOs and CPOs
  • heritage assets
  • town and village green matters and Assets of Community Value
  • suitable alternative natural greenspace (SANGS).

The Planning team has an established track record in successfully advising on an array of significant and innovative projects and developments across a broad range of industries and sectors, including the following asset classes: ports, quays, marinas, airports, quarries, mines, minerals, fracking, renewables, hotels, care homes and mixed use development schemes.

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