Planning

Our Practice

We work closely with our real estate, environment, construction and health and safety lawyers to provide a seamless, cost effective service handling all matters throughout the development lifecycle.

Working as part of the client’s development team, we establish close relationships with the professional team through involvement in the early stages of development proposals. We have dealt with many high profile developments and strive to unlock value from the client’s real estate assets.

We offer a wide range of services covering all aspects of town and country planning (zoning) with our core services including:

  • strategic planning advice
  • negotiating and securing planning permissions
  • environmental impact assessments
  • appeals and inquiries
  • section 106 planning and other infrastructure agreements (highways, sewerage etc)
  • public law challenges - judicial review and proceedings in the High Court
  • development plan representation
  • highways law including stopping-up and Transport and Works Act orders
  • compulsory purchase - claims for compensation - Crichell Down rules enforcement
  • heritage issues (Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation Orders)
  • environmental aspects, in particular redevelopment of Brownfield sites (ensuring that maximum planning gain credit is achieved)
  • climate change issues – eco homes, flood risk management and mitigation
  • advice relating to advertisement consents.

Experience

Our experience includes:

  • strategic planning advice and negotiation of the S106 Agreement for The Shard - the 310m super-skyscraper will be the tallest building in the EU and stand adjacent to London's busiest strategic transport hub at London Bridge, and will include 600,000ft2 of office space, hotel and luxury residential accommodation combined to form a 'vertical city'
  • strategic planning advice and negotiation of the S106 Agreement for the Swiss Centre, Leicester Square
  • planning and environmental advice to for a 1 million sq feet mixed-use redevelopment of gas works site at Greenwich
  • strategic planning advice relating to Pinewood Studios for the development of a living and working community for the creative industries in Buckinghamshire on a 50 acre greenbelt site.