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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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