Planning and Development

The town and country planning system is of fundamental importance to landowners and developers. Obtaining planning permission for residential or commercial development often has a huge impact on the value of land, so it is essential to ensure that proper advice is taken on how best to enhance that value.

Despite significant reforms to the planning system, the process of obtaining planning permission for development remains complex and expensive, while strict deadlines mean there is always a need to act promptly.

We provide strategic advice, at an early stage in a development project, throughout the application process, and on any planning appeals. Our expertise includes giving advice on listed buildings, conservation areas, highways and access issues, common land, town and village greens, and compulsory purchase. We work closely with the range of other professional advisers whose input can be essential, including land agents, valuers and specialist consultants.

Our work includes:

  • strategic planning advice, prior to submission of a planning application and subsequently
  • negotiations with planning officers
  • advice on planning obligations (s. 106 agreements) and other statutory agreements (e.g. under ss. 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980)
  • highways and access issues
  • development plans (including neighbourhood plans)
  • judicial reviews and statutory reviews of planning decisions
  • advice on compulsory purchase