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Planning & Environment

The planning system is complex, and numerous legislative and policy changes over recent years have added additional pressures and risks for developers.

Ensuring proposed developments are viable and deliverable, remains a key concern and it is essential to establish a robust strategy from the outset.  We provide tailored commercial planning and environmental advice to developers, landowners and investors.

We deal with all aspects of planning and environmental law including:

  • strategies for securing a robust planning permission and other consents
  • section 106 agreements and community infrastructure levy
  • highways and infrastructure
  • environmental due diligence and compliance advice
  • advice on environmental impact and habitat assessments
  • hydrocarbon planning
  • compulsory purchase and compensation
  • appeals, enforcement, judicial review and statutory challenges.

The team is experienced in advising on major redevelopments for developers, landowners and private individuals, particularly in London where our knowledge of practice across the Boroughs helps smooth the planning application process.

We are experts in strategic land, particularly in helping institutions, landed estates and other landowners successfully promote their land and obtain valuable planning permissions. We also provide specialist and cost-effective advice to housebuilders on the planning application process, CIL and planning and infrastructure agreements.

We are used to dealing with difficult and complex issues. We are up to the minute with current developments, case law and legislation so we can ensure that planning rules are interpreted correctly, and we can advise on minimising risks. This means that we can save you time and reduce your costs, whether you are a local authority, developer, funder, charity, pharmacy or private investor.

Our clients rely on our advice at all stages of the planning lifecycle, ranging from strategic input at the outset to management of planning applications and appeals. We monitor current and emerging case law, policy and legislation closely so we can help reduce risk. Working closely with our colleagues in Real Estate and Construction & Engineering we can tackle your situation from every angle, providing a comprehensive and robust service.


Compulsory purchase and planning

Acting for Countryside Properties on a residential site in the London Borough of Redbridge, obtaining and implementing a compulsory purchase order to assemble land for 425 residential units and all associated planning and highways issues.

Strategic land

Providing the Church Commissioners for England with comprehensive planning advice on residential-led urban extensions in Ashford, Ely, Peterborough and Carlisle, including application strategy, section 106, infrastructure and development agreements.

Mixed-use scheme

Advising on the planning agreements for the revised final phase at Regent Quarter, comprising conversion of existing buildings and the erection of new buildings to provide office, restaurant and residential accommodation. The Section 106 benefits included contributions for transport, environmental improvements, play space, employment and training in addition to the provision of public art and affordable housing.

Large residential development

Negotiating a series of complex section 106 agreements and highways agreements for an extensive multi-phase development of predominantly residential use, sports fields and community facilities. This development along the M4 corridor involved multiple planning applications and strategic planning advice throughout.

Inquiry into green belt exploration

Successful defence on behalf of Europa Oil and Gas (Holdings) plc of a High Court decision in the Court of Appeal relating to planning consent for exploration in the Green Belt and acting in relation to the resumed planning inquiry.

London Borough of Greenwich Substantial mixed-use development

Advising funders on planning issues relating to a mixed-use development incorporating over 600 homes, a leisure centre, library, Council service centre, health centre, commercial/retail space and public square.