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We 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.
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 act for a wide range of clients on statutory challenges and judicial review proceedings up to the Supreme Court, advising on areas that include: Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessment, the Habitats Directive and Aarhus Convention.
We frequently 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.
Our Environmental law activity includes matters such as permitting and consenting as well as advising insurance companies on risk and claims involving chemical spills, pollution, contaminated land and asbestos.
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By Jennifer Glasgow
The Environment Bill (E.B.) has seen a long drawn out journey through Parliament so far. The latest mood music is that it will receive Royal Assent in Autumn 2021. Whilst the formal regime will not go live until 2023 it is important to note that…
By Dominic Fagan
On 3 November 2020, Dominic Fagan of the YEP London Committee was joined by a panel of planning experts to discuss the proposals for reform.
By Christopher Stanwell
The Government has announced a change in the methodology for calculating the number of new homes needed in England and their location. The housing needs assessment will now form part of the Government’s “levelling-up” agenda by prioritising 330,000…
Local Authorities are making greater use of CPO powers to deliver services, facilitate regeneration projects, control land and secure income streams. The Government is actively encouraging the use of these powers and has introduced reforms to speed…
By Andrew Morgan
In the recent case of Norfolk Homes V North Norfolk DC  the High Court sent a clear reminder to developers and planning professionals that Section 106 obligations attached to an earlier planning permission will not automatically bind a…
By Aleem Khan
The Government has proposed prohibiting the existing ability to protect interests in land (such as rights of pre-emption, options and conditional contracts) at the Land Registry without the requirement to provide a copy of the relevant contract or…
We recently reported on the Government’s changes to Permitted Development in England introduced on 31 August 2020 for upward extensions and demolition and rebuilding of vacant residential and commercial buildings as well as a new town centre use…
From 1 September 2020 a new Use Class E (introduced via the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendments) (England) Regulations 2020 No. 757 ) replaced the following use classes: Class A1 - shops, Class A2 - financial and professional…
Norfolk Homes V North Norfolk DC  EWHC 2265
In this recent High Court decision Holgate J sends a clear reminder to developers and planning professionals that Section 106 obligations attached to an earlier permission will not automatically…
The aim of the new right is to support regeneration through the residential redevelopment of vacant and redundant buildings that no longer effectively serve their original purpose, support housing delivery and boost housing density.
Anne Harrison is a Legal Director (Barrister) in the Real Estate…
Karen is a planning and environment lawyer in our Bristol office…
Andrew specialises in all aspects of development consenting, with a…
Christopher is a Planning And Environmental Lawyer in our Fetter Lane…