Simon Kelly - DAC Beachcroft
Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly



Simon Kelly is based in our Manchester office and specialises in contentious and non-contentious planning, compulsory purchase, highways, and in the property and planning aspects of public law.

He advises both commercial and public sector clients on all aspects of major commercial and residential developments, including negotiating complex 106 agreements, advising on securing planning permission in the green belt, planning appeals, planning enforcement, judicial reviews and statutory challenges to local authority decisions, as well as on promoting and opposing compulsory purchase orders. He also advises public sector clients on preparing their Community Infrastructure Levy schedules, and on preparing and adopting planning policy.

Simon has worked on 'both sides of the fence', having spent the majority of his career in private practice, but also having worked for two years as the in‑house principal planning solicitor at the London Legacy Development Corporation, the public organisation responsible for the post-games redevelopment and regeneration of the Olympic Park and surrounding areas in East London.

Simon's experience includes:

  • Advising several major house builders and land owners in the North West on planning applications for more than 3,000 residential units (2015–2016);
  • Advising several local authorities in the North West on promoting compulsory purchase orders under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and under the Highways Act 1980 (2015–2016);
  • Advising the London Legacy Development Corporation on the preparation and adoption of its CIL, Local Plan, the designation of two conservation areas and the successful defence of a judicial review of those designations and on granting planning permission, including negotiating 106 agreements for over 2,000 residential units (2013–2014);
  • Advising a major commercial developer on securing planning permission via inquiry for Northern Ireland's largest Tesco superstore (2012);
  • Advising Mid-Bedfordshire District Council on an application by Center Parks to develop a 600 unit holiday village in the Bedfordshire green belt (2007).

Simon regularly writes articles and provides training on planning related issues.