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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 Christopher Stanwell
Christopher Stanwell, Head of Planning at international law firm DAC Beachcroft, consider how investors and regulators are re-shaping Real Estate’s approach to ESG. This article first appeared in Estates Gazette on 4 November 2021.
“A code red for…
By Andrew Morgan
Andrew Morgan, Planning Partner at international law firm DAC Beachcroft asks Thomas Hegan, Partner at real estate consultants Turner Morum to comment on how current viability guidelines are fit for purpose, in relation to Garden Villages.
We have recently supported a round table discussion with the Social Market Foundation, with delegates from the private and public sector, to consider how the route to net zero carbon can be scaled up. It was an instructive event, as views were…
Andrew Morgan, planning partner at international law firm DAC Beachcroft considers the conversion of commercial accommodation to residential.
In this webinar, our panel of expert speakers will explain what biodiversity net gain is, how biodiversity net gain works in practice, how you can achieve and secure the gain, and what opportunities biodiversity net gain can achieve.
In this case of a site the subject of multiple planning permissions, the Court of Appeal has given developers pause for thought before embarking on Section 73 or what are known as ‘drop-in’ applications.
In what has to be one of the most challenging of peace-time budgets the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has identified what are perhaps best described as investment opportunities for the property and development sector as part of the economic road to…
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…
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.
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…
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…