Planning

Our Practice

We are part of an integrated Planning and Environment practice and work closely with our real estate, environment, construction, banking and corporate and commercial lawyers to provide a seamless service advising on complex planning and consenting issues.

Working to unlock and maximise the value of real estate based assets that our clients invest in, develop and own is done hand in hand with our clients’ professional team. In doing this we have advised on some of the most challenging projects across all sectors, particularly energy, infrastructure and high value residential and commercial buildings.

  • strategic planning advice
  • negotiating and securing planning permissions
  • environmental impact assessments
  • appeals and inquiries
  • section 106 planning and other infrastructure agreements
  • 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 - promoting orders, negotiating claims for compensation, advice on the application of Crichell Down rules
  • heritage issues (Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Tree Preservation Orders)
  • environmental aspects, including consenting and permitting
  • contaminated land liability advice.

Experience

Our experience includes:

  • advising a renewable energy developer on projects on the cusp of the Development Consent Order regime including appropriate consenting strategies
  • advising on the consenting, procurement, development, financing and investment in 9 Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including offshore wind farms
  • advising a joint venture partner on an investment in the former Olympic athletes’ village in Stratford to provide several thousand residential units including Private Rented Sector units
  • acquiring a major mixed use development near Oxford Street in London which was the single largest real estate transaction by value following the Brexit referendum
  • advising a developer on the sale of 5 of the largest solar farms in the UK including in relation to complex consenting issues
  • negotiating a complex Section 106 agreement for a Tall Building in the City of London
  • planning aspects of the refinancing of the O2 Arena
  • consenting advice relating to the first solar farm to progress through the Developments of National Significance regime
  • structuring of a project to redevelop redundant landfill sites in the UK
  • advising investors on contaminated land liability on the acquisition of office and light industrial buildings
  • advising on the planning and environmental permitting aspects of the conversion of a coal fired power station to an end of waste fuel.