Our team provides support and advice to our clients on planning, compulsory purchase, heritage and public law aspects of their property interests.
We work with property owners, occupiers, developers and investors to provide a complete range of planning services. We have comprehensive experience in:
- Advising on local and neighbourhood plans and development orders
- Advising on planning applications, for both applicants and objectors
- Conducting appeals against refusal of planning permission and/or enforcement action
- Development Consent Order applications
- All aspects of compulsory purchase
- The importance and status of listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas
- Legal challenges to planning and other public law decisions
In addition, the imposition of section 106 contributions, CIL payments and affordable housing requirements can often make a significant impact on a developer’s profit. We use our extensive expertise and experience, gained from acting on both sides of the fence, to negotiate reductions in payments to planning authorities.
We have extensive experience in providing environmental advice and support services across a broad range of real estate projects and transactions, ensuring our clients are adequately informed and protected against the impact of environmental regulation. With experience across a range of transactional situations and ongoing operations, we work with sellers, buyers, tenants, funders, operators and manufacturers. In particular, we advise on the following:
- Acquisitions and disposals: we advise on due diligence requirements when preparing sites for sale or when acquiring them, then advise on the implications of the findings and how to protect our clients’ positions in terms of contractual obligations and indemnities.
- Management: we have extensive knowledge of the regulatory frameworks governing activities which have an environmental impact (including waste, food processing, power generation and usage) and advise on prosecutions for breaches of environmental regulations.
- Renewables and climate change: we advise on clean energy projects and the impact of legislation (such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment) on large operators and manufacturers.
- Construction: we advise on the potential environmental aspects of construction projects and upon the need to incorporate protection where required.
- Disputes: we advise in disputes between landowners, operators and the authorities charged with enforcing environmental regulations.
Our aim is to ensure that our clients are aware of potential environmental issues and their responsibilities, making sure their obligations are understood, accepted and dealt with and that their interests are protected
- Advising a consortium of landowners on the development of some 1,000 houses on their land in West Oxfordshire by a consortium of developers. The landowners entered into an option agreement subject to the grant of planning permission with the developers some years ago. The team’s work has centred on the long-running negotiation of a major s106 agreement securing various infrastructure payments, a s38/278 highways agreement and a deed of indemnity between the developers and the landowners.
- Advising Selco Trade Centres on several new sites as part of the expansion of its network of builders’ merchant premises. Typically, new sites are bought on a contract for sale subject to the grant of a satisfactory planning permission. The team advises on the clauses dealing with determining what constitutes a satisfactory planning permission.
- Advising a client who runs a number of caravan sites in the UK on planning enforcement action taken by the local planning authority against one of the operator’s sites alleging that a number of caravans which should only be used for holiday purposes were being occupied as permanent residences. We successfully argued that the enforcement notice was legally flawed, secured the withdrawal of the notice and facilitated negotiations which resulted in a compromise whereby those caravans that were occupied as permanent residences could continue to be so occupied until the current occupiers leave, at which point they would revert to holiday use. The opportunity was also taken to “tidy up” the planning boundary of the site and to agree several new caravan pitches on the site and a number of lakeside fishing lodges as part of an overall package of upgrading the facilities on the site.
- Advising Dartmouth Park Estates on the proposed development of a site in Maldon, Essex for 370 houses, business and community uses as part of a proposed new Garden Suburb.
We’re immensely proud of our client relationships. We strive to be a welcome and constant companion throughout their journeys.
Many of our clients have been with us for a long time: some since the firm began. We help them navigate matters to achieve the right outcome and we stay with them until everything has been resolved. By securing and protecting our clients’ interests, we give them the confidence and freedom to focus on their core business.
Our clients operate in different industries and sectors, but most of them have serious real estate interests, whether in the form of property in the traditional sense or other types of physical infrastructure.