Planning

Our Practice

Our team of specialist lawyers, which includes a Chartered Town Planner, has market leading experience in planning (zoning), highways and associated environmental issues relating to all types of development particularly renewable energy projects, major infrastructure projects and mixed use projects.

We work with and as part of our clients’ development teams, establishing close working relationships and supporting from the inception of a project through to its implementation and completion. We also work closely with our real estate, environment, construction, health and safety, banking and corporate commercial specialist lawyers to provide a seamless service on projects and transactions.

Our clients include Government bodies, national and international energy and renewable energy developers, residential and commercial developers, landowners, investors including funds, lenders including major banks and sovereign wealth funds.

Experience

Our experience includes advising on the following:

South Hook CHP Limited

  • we were retained as project counsel on the structuring, permitting, development and construction of the UK’s largest proposed gas fired CHP Plant (approx. 500MW) and its associated grid connection and secured the grant of a Development Consent Order

The Cabinet Office

  • on its programme to bring together the development and finance capability required to deploy ground mounted and rooftop solar PV assets on the Government’s estate together with lease arrangements, procurement, State Aid requirements and elements of Power Purchase Agreements and other contracts

Next Energy Capital

  • on the LSE Main Market IPO of its UK listed fund and assisting the fund in investing in approximately [400MW] of UK solar PV assets

SunEdison

  • on its entry and investment in the UK solar market including the acquisition, funding and sale of approximately [200MW] of ground mounted and rooftop solar PV assets and the creation of a US Yield Co

The Ministry of Defence

  • on the sale of the country’s largest solar farm

An investment fund

  • on the acquisition and completion of the development of over 1000 bedrooms of student accommodation

A national bank

  • on development finance of an anaerobic digestion plant

An international bank

  • on the financing of approximately [200MW] of ground mounted solar PV assets

Pure Leapfrog

  • a unique business-led charity which gives advice into carbon reduction projects and affordable loans to community energy projects

Swan Housing Association

  • regarding complex viability issues and the provision of a mixed use development including 140 residential units of open market and affordable housing and safeguarding of land for the provision of a railway bridge and public access on a Brownfield site through a Section 106 planning agreement

Specialist Expertise

Our team members’ specialist experience and core services include:

Consenting

  • Preparing and dealing with all aspects of securing Development Consent Orders
  • Preparing planning applications and negotiating and securing planning permissions
  • Drafting and negotiating Section 106 planning and other infrastructure agreements
  • Submitting and representing clients at appeals and inquiries

Strategic Advice

  • Strategic advice to secure planning permission and development consents
  • Development plan representation
  • Strategic advice relating to the planning aspects of the sale and purchase of land, developments and operating assets

Environment and heritage issues

  • Assisting with the preparation of and reviewing environmental impact assessments including advice regarding the need for assessment
  • Heritage issues including the implication of and appeals against listing of buildings, and the significance and impact of listed buildings and other heritage assets in the vicinity of proposed projects on the prospects of securing relevant consents
  • Environmental aspects of development, in particular redevelopment of brownfield sites
  • Climate change issues
  • Village green inquiries

Statutory Orders

  • Highways Stopping-Up and Transport and Works Act Orders
  • Compulsory purchase, including the preparation and promotion of orders, negotiating and settling claims for compensation, dealing with references to the Upper Tribunal of the Lands Chambers, and advice regarding the application of Crichel Down rules

Public Law matters

  • Defending and pursuing judicial review challenges and proceedings in the High Court