Sean Silk Consultant

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Contact Details

Sean is a highly regarded planning specialist who brings to the firm almost 20 years' experience, mainly in the private property consultancy sector.  

Main areas of practice

Main practice areas include planning applications for and strategic promotion of residential (market, affordable, student and care) and large-scale mixed-use regeneration, together with applications for renewable energy schemes (wind and solar), commercial development, retail and leisure uses.


He acts for national, regional and local house builders, land owners, developers and those with individual planning needs.

Significant experience

Sean's particular strengths are in providing commercially-astute advice throughout the planning process and using of his negotiation and communication skills to secure a commercially viable planning permission for his clients, either from local authorities or the appeal process.


Sean’s Blog

Custom Builds – an opportunity for developers

With the Government keen to encourage a more mixed approach to housebuilding, developers should be looking to capitalise on the duty of local planning authorities to grant permissions for plots to meet the demand for self and custom builds.

Articles by Sean

Future secured for former Hackney fish processing facility


The redevelopment of an old fish processing facility at London Fields, Hackney, known as 'The Fisheries', planning permission has finally been secured.

A Comparison of the English and Welsh Planning Systems

Speaking engagement

Sean Silk will be speaking at this UKELA event on the implications for practitioners.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Consultation on 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice for service charges in commercial property

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.

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it

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.

NERCA and the List of Streets Exception

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.