Planning and Infrastructure

“They are quick to respond with practical advice that is supported by their extensive experience in litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“A detailed knowledge and understanding of the planning system that results in an ability to provide expert advice on a wide variety of areas of planning.”

Legal 500 2017
Planning and infrastructure is a complex area of the law that is constantly evolving and changing. Our expert planning lawyers understand the broader commercial landscape and can help you navigate these changes, turning potential challenges into opportunities. The combination of our in-depth knowledge of planning law, experience and innovative problem solving means that we can provide pragmatic solutions.

No planning project is ever the same. We provide high quality advice tailored to your individual needs. We work closely with you to fully understand your objectives and help achieve your goals.  

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.

Main areas of practice

We provide expert advice on a wide variety of areas including:

  • Strategic planning advice at all stages of the planning process
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Development Consent Orders and all matters relating to the NSIP regime
  • S106 agreements and related planning and infrastructure agreements – particularly on affordable housing, major development projects, urban renewal and retail and leisure schemes
  • Pre-application advice, PPAs
  • Planning applications including negotiating consents, appearing at planning committees and informal hearings as well as all aspects of due diligence
  • Planning appeals
  • Enforcement issues including breach of condition notices, enforcement notice appeals, stop notices and certificates of lawfulness
  • Judicial review and High Court challenges under s288 or s289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Environmental issues including EIA, Habitats Regulations, TPO advice, minerals and waste
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Highways and public rights of way
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Town and Village Greens
  • Assets of Community Value

Clients

With a solid reputation for first class planning and infrastructure advice in the private and public sectors, we advise property developers, landowners and promoters, local authorities, high net worth individuals, investors and a range of public sector bodies.

Significant experience

Examples of recent matters handled by our team include:

  • We are 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 advice.
  •  Acting 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.
  • Acting for the owners of Victoria Quay in East Cowes to allow the redevelopment of the quay to provide marina facilities comprising showers/ toilets, retail, restaurant/café, a new hotel, residential sector and a new public square.
  • The firm acted on behalf of Kerry Foods in a number of local plan reviews and has also provided advice in relation to the service of a CPO on Kerry requiring temporary and permanent acquisition of land. We assisted in lodging objections to ensure Kerry's the site continued to operate and negotiated a mitigation agreement with Network Rail
  • We 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.
  • We have been advising Hyde Housing Group in relation to promoting the use of CPO powers by a local authority to enable the delivery of a 100% affordable housing scheme
  • We recently advised Lidl on its purchase of a strategic regional distribution centre on the M1 north of London which represented the client's largest property transaction worldwide. The purchase has secured the client's business expansion for the next decade and beyond.
  • We advised the Welsh Government in relation to the £10 billion Wylfa Newydd Power Station in Anglesey providing in-house support alongside the Welsh Government's legal team.
  • We project managed the pre-application advice process and subsequent full planning application for a high net worth individual within a top floor flat in Mayfair and secured consent for an additional storey.

Legal directory quotes

“We find them very helpful and responsive, and they're careful not to push the bills up unnecessarily.”

Chambers and Partners 2016

“I can only be impressed - their advice has been very good in an extremely tricky area with an amazing level of pressure and detail.”

Chambers and Partners 2015

“Excellent, competent and experienced team.”

Legal 500 2015

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