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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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Acredart Limited & Car Giant Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2017] EWHC 197 (TCC) is a wide–ranging High Court decision and a must-read for anyone who deals with dilapidations. Landlords and section 18 valuers will be particularly interested.

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High Court clarification on NPPF Green Belt policy

Useful clarification on applying paragraph 89 of the National Planning Policy Framework to applications for development within the Green Belt.

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On 15 November 2016, the government confirmed the proposed route for the second phase of the high speed rail line HS2 from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.

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Hear from development and housing lawyer Neil Walker

Neil Walker provides a practical legal guide to simplifying property disposals. He looks at the principles that are intended to apply to any piece of land or any building that you might be looking to dispose of - it doesn’t have to be regeneration.

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