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Planning and Environment

The services we provide

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.

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 act for a wide range of clients on statutory challenges and judicial review proceedings up to the Supreme Court. 

We advise on a wide range of environmental and biodiversity matters to help our clients achieve net zero carbon.

  • Environmental permitting
  • Contaminated land
  • Enforcement and Appeals
  • Section 106
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Flood plain issues, habitats and conservation
  • Pollution offences
  • Producer Responsibility Regime
  • Hazardous substances and COMAH regulations
  • Planning and environmental related judicial reviews
  • Landowner/occupier liability
  • Infrastructure and renewable energy projects

What our clients say

‘DAC Beachcroft has a small, but good, planning practice and is very dedicated to its clients and getting great results.’
Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, Planning

‘Strong on legal understanding of the complexities of planning and compulsory purchase, in particular permitted development issues.’
Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, Planning

‘Very responsive and excellent technical knowledge. Proactive and involved rather than just an add-on to real estate work.’
Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, Planning


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