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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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Legal updates

Public matters - June 2018

This edition includes updates on procurement, planning, care home providers, litigants in person and how legal decisions influence social work practice.

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Legal updates

Planning ahead: implied planning obligations - Jean-Francois Clin v Walter Lilly & Co Ltd

This case highlights the need to set out in your building contract who is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for the works.

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Legal updates

Consultation on pre-commencement conditions: improving the use of planning conditions?

There has been concern that despite the number of planning permissions being granted for new homes increasing in line with government housing policy, this is not translating into the expected new homes, and unnecessary pre-commencement conditions are seen as one of the reasons for this deficit.

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Legal updates

Planning decisions and the duty to give reasons

A number of recent cases have explored the extent of the duty on local authorities to give reasons for their decisions to grant planning permission and the legal consequences of a breach of that duty.

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