Planning

“They have that breadth of scope that makes them a one-stop shop.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014
Our Planning team's detailed knowledge and understanding of the planning system in England and Wales means we are best placed to help you attain your planning goal.

Main areas of practice

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

  • S106 agreements and related planning and infrastructure agreements - particularly on affordable housing, major development projects, urban renewal and retail and leisure schemes
  • Planning applications - negotiating consents, appearing at planning committees, advocacy at appeals
  • Enforcement issues - including breach of condition notices, enforcement notice appeals, stop notices and certificates of lawfulness
  • Judicial review - High Court challenges under s288 or s289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas; minerals and waste issues; compulsory purchase; highways and public footpaths

Clients

We provide advice to a wide range of clients, from private individuals through to major residential housing developers, landowners, leisure and retail operators, housing associations, healthcare companies and public authorities.

Clients we have acted for include: 

Berkeley Homes Live Nation
Grundon Waste Management Bloor Homes
Southampton Airport London Oxford Airport
Bellway Vitacress Salads

Significant experience

Examples of recent matters handled by our team include:

  • Acting for Vitacress Salads in the High Court and Court of Appeal successfully opposing a judicial review claim to quash our client's planning permission on environmental and European law grounds.
  • Advising London Oxford Airport and Southampton Airport in relation to major wind farm developments in their respective flight paths.
  • Successfully quashing a planning appeal in the High Court proceedings allowing a 100 hour pharmacy within Barnet.
  • Successfully representing Grundon Waste Management in the High Court relating to a major landfill site in Gloucestershire.
  • Securing consent at appeal for the removal and replacement of 20 TPO protected trees within the Borough of Wandsworth.
  • Negotiating and completing highly complex s106 Agreements on major residential sites in Horsham, North Wiltshire and Thurrock as well as landmark buildings in the London Burrough of Kensington and Chelsea.
  • Planning applications for Live Nation in relation to London Live Sites (Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square) for the London Olympics 2012. 
  • Obtaining planning permission for a 70 bed close care unit in listed old school building in Herefordshire.
  • Successfully opposing a footpath extension for the South Downs Way for a landowner client including three public inquiries and two High Court cases over a 15-year period.

“Excellent, competent and experienced team.”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

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

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 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 UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

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