Planning and Infrastructure

Planning and infrastructure is a complex area of the law that is constantly evolving and changing. Our specialist planning lawyers understand the broader commercial landscape and can help navigate these changes, turning potential challenges into opportunities. The combination of our in-depth knowledge of planning law, experience and innovative thinking helps us to unlock development potential and reduce risk.

No planning project is ever the same. We provide high-quality advice tailored to your individual needs. We can also draw on expertise from across the firm including our Real Estate, Construction and Procurement teams as well as our in-house project management service.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our expertise covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning and infrastructure and includes:

Strategic planning

Our expert planning lawyers provide pragmatic, commercial advice at all stages of the planning process.

Infrastructure projects

Our planning experts work with specialist lawyers from across our Construction and Real Estate teams to help you navigate the challenges of infrastructure project delivery.

Development Consent

We advise on all Development Consent Orders and all matters relating to the NSIP regime.

Planning and infrastructure agreements

Our planning lawyers provide expert advice on a range of planning and infrastructure agreements including S106 agreements.

Pre-application advice

Our expert teams are experienced in providing commercially astute pre-application advice including advising Planning Performance Agreements with your local authority.

Planning applications

We advise on all aspects of planning applications including negotiating consents, appearing at planning committees and informal hearings as well as all aspects of due diligence.

Planning appeals

If you've been refused planning permission our expert teams have a high success rate in winning appeals and can advise on the options available to you.

Enforcement issues

Our planning experts advise on breach of condition notices, enforcement notice appeals, stop notices and certificates of lawfulness.

Judicial review and High Court challenges

Our expert lawyers are experienced in providing specialist advice on reviews and challenges under s288 or s289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Listed buildings and conservation areas

Our specialist team are experts on the law, policy and guidance that protects the heritage of listed buildings and conservation areas.

Environmental issues

Our planning experts advise on a wide range of schemes including EIA, Habitats Regulations, TPO advice, minerals and waste.

Compulsory purchase and compensation

Our expert planning lawyers advise acquiring authorities, developers and individuals on compulsory purchase order (CPO) and compensation matters.

Highways and public rights of way

If you have a highway planning problem our experts can help you secure permissions.

Community Infrastructure Levy

We offer specialist, impartial advice on a range of planning issues including planning charges.

Town and Village Greens (TGV)

We advise on applications involving TGVs and their protection.

Assets of Community Value

We offer expert planning advice on the development of buildings and land that must further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.

Our Clients


We advise a wide range of clients including: developers, housing associations, landowners, promoters, local authorities, high net worth individuals, investors (including banks), retailers, leisure operators, airports, care providers and various government organisations.

Highlights


Our planning experts were appointed by the Council of the City and County of Swansea in relation to the regeneration of the Swansea Civic Centre and the city centre redevelopment worth £6 billion in relation to planning and compulsory purchase. 


Our team acted for Renewal Group in relation to the £1 billion regeneration of the 30-acre site in Lewisham known as New Bermondsey including compulsory purchase powers.


Our planning experts were instructed by Cooper Estates to assist in the defence of a legal challenge concerning an inspector's consideration of the '10% lapse rate' on the planning authority's 5-year housing land supply.


"I have utilised the services of the Blake Morgan Planning Team for a number of years now. They have consistently provided a thorough and dedicated service to our business. When we have required statutory agreements prepared under tight timescales, the BM team have been excellent at ensuring everything is done in a timely fashion. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them."
- Duncan Morris, Director, Victoria Land Limited

Awards and Accolades


Legal 500 Tier 4: Planning department

Legal 500 Leading individual: Sara Hanrahan

Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyer: Keith Lancaster

Chambers band 5: Sara Hanrahan

Our Experts


Sara
Hanrahan
Partner

London

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Guthrie
McGruer
Partner

Oxford

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Keith
Lancaster
Senior Associate

London

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Adrian
Noviss
Senior Solicitor

Southampton

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Sean
Silk
Consultant

Oxford

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Sadie
Pitman
Solicitor

London

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