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With a new Conservative government elected in 2015, the planning reform continues. Concerns about productivity have put the planning system under further scrutiny whilst, at the same time, public sector cost-cutting is eating into the capacity of Local Planning Authorities to deliver; creating a climate of conflict as the Courts continue to be part of the battleground between different interests. All of this continues to be overshadowed by European environmental law. Our long-established planning team continually monitors the changes coming through the planning system and provides up-to-date advice to help you meet your objectives.

What we do...

  • Our clients - over 150 public sector clients, including government agencies, local authorities, health and education services, plus registered social landlords, private developers, luxury goods, food and drink and value retailers.

  • Specialists in planning law - consultancy, site promotion, applications, appeals, s106 planning obligations, community infrastructure levy agreements, judicial review and challenges, enforcement and compulsory purchase.

  • More than planning - environmental specialists and experts in development, construction, property acquisition and disposal, property disputes, highways, compulsory purchase, regeneration.

  • More than planning - environmental specialists and experts in development, construction, property acquisition and disposal, property disputes, highways, compulsory purchase, regeneration.

  • Nine dedicated lawyers and one qualified chartered planner– members and legal associates of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Community-focused - working with community representatives and undertaking pro-bono planning aid work.

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Conservation Covenants come into force on 30 September 2022. We look at the impact on landowners, developers and responsible bodies.

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Browne Jacobson re-appointed to Platform Housing Group’s four year legal framework

National law firm Browne Jacobson has been re-appointed onto Platform Housing Group’s (PHG) legal services framework for property and employment work. The new four year agreement officially started on 17 January this year and replaces the current panel arrangement.

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