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Planning, Environment and Development

What we do

Our dedicated teams based in London, Manchester and Bristol are recognised experts who advise on a complete range of contentious and non-contentious planning, environmental, highways administrative law and local government matters. We provide strategic advice to listed and private developers, investors, local authorities, NHS Trusts and individuals.

We have a particular expertise in major residential, commercial and retail led mixed use development.  We also have considerable experience in advising on infrastructure projects and the use of compulsory purchase powers.

What we are known for

We have a leading residential development practice and advise on the strategic assessment of potential sites and their promotion through the development plan process, the preparation and submission of planning applications to their determination as well as appeals. 

We have particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of complex Section 106 Agreements for residential and mixed use developments, viability appraisals and the provision of affordable housing.  We also regularly advise on related areas of planning law such as enforcement, use classes, permitted development rights, heritage assets and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  

We also act for a wide range of clients on statutory challenges and judicial review proceedings up to the Supreme Court.  We regularly advise on Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessment, the Habitats Directive and Aarhus Convention. 

We regularly advise on the use of compulsory purchase powers, compensation claims including in the Lands Chamber.  We also have extensive experience of the use of Parliamentary process to secure powers for infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Crossrail 1/Crossrail 2 (including Safeguarding Directions) as well as National Policy Statements, Development Consent Orders and Transport and Works Act Orders. 

We advise on a wide range of environmental law matters such as permitting and consenting as well as advising insurance companies on risk and claims involving chemical spills, pollution, contaminated land and asbestos. 


What our clients say

'A client states: "The team as a whole is very good and has good strength in dept, with the ability to bring in subject experts as required".' Chambers and Partners UK 2018 Edition, Bristol

"It's a good team with strength and depth." Chambers and Partners UK 2017 Edition, Bristol

'Noted for its "very real expertise in environmental law", DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice "combines practical experience with practitioners who work to support their clients’".' Legal 500, 2017 Edition, Environment, Bristol

'DAC Beachcroft LLP’s planning department has "excellent knowledge of relevant documentation and of the local market", with a noted specialism in residential development.' Legal 500, 2017 Edition, Planning, Bristol

'DAC Beachcroft LLP is "ubiquitous when it comes to section 106 issues arising from residential developments across the country".' Legal 500, 2017 Edition, Planning, London

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