Keith Lancaster Senior Associate
“Keith Lancaster is singled out for his very good technical knowledge and problem-solving approach.”
Keith specialises in planning law, advising in major projects and infrastructure, energy and renewables in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.
Main areas of practice
He negotiates and drafts section 106 and s278/38 agreements, provides advice in dealing with local planning authorities and acts for clients in obtaining Certificates of Lawfulness. At various types of appeals, he advises on highways under the Highways Act 1980, environmental law, town and village greens and compulsory purchase.
Keith acts for public authorities, landowners and developers (including national, regional and local house builders) on developments ranging from a few units to major urban extensions and strategic housing sites.
Having worked as an environmental consultant, landscape architect and solicitor in the City of London and for a London planning authority as a planning solicitor, Keith is well placed to see planning issues from all interested parties' points of view and brings his experience to bear in developing options towards settlement.
The potential future of local administrative landscapes is changing shape at pace all over England. With the passing into law of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 in January this year the pace will only quicken.
Planning has often been considered as dark matter in recent years not least by politicians of various political hue but, have you ever heard of astronomical geometrical image analysis?
It doesn't take a great sleuth to notice the creep of additional policies to the National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF") that continues to occur.
Articles by Keith
On Monday 29th October the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented the Autumn Budget. The general theme of the Budget was an end to austerity and an increase in public spending although this only briefly touched on planning reform.
Blake Morgan's Planning Team has utilised its wealth of experience in renewable development to help Sustainable Charlbury obtain planning permission for revised proposals for the Southill Solar community-owned solar farm in Oxfordshire.
Related Knowledge & Resources
On 25 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a consultation on the 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property.
In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be.
Our expert looks at the case of Trail Riders Fellowship v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other cases that involving the application of the exceptions.