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We are one of the largest planning teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

Planning shapes every aspect of our lives. The buildings and environments in which we live, work, shop, play and educate the next generation have all been created through commercial enterprise, consultation and the exercise of political power by our elected representatives through the planning system.

Alongside our expertise in real estate we are also leading specialists in energy & infrastructure consenting.

Working for many years across a full range of development and infrastructure sectors gives us deep industry experience and perspective so that we can deliver clear and practical advice on fast-moving projects. We have assisted our clients with obtaining planning permissions and other consents for some of the UK’s largest and most complex schemes.

Our expertise spreads across urban regeneration, housing, retail, data centres, industrial and logistics, hotels and leisure, surplus land and energy and infrastructure. Our aim for every development is to ensure that our client obtains implementable, flexible, bankable and fit-for-purpose consents in accordance with their programme.

In the last three years alone, we have helped our clients to secure planning permissions for:

  • Over 24,000 new homes
  • Over 8m sq. ft. of retail
  • Over 6m sq. ft. of offices
  • Over 4m sq. ft. of industrial
  • 10GW / 1,100 Kms of generation / networks
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“They made something very complicated and rushed feel easy. They made it as easy as it possibly could be. As a client, I felt it was a great position to be in."

Chambers, 2016 [Client Quote]

“Clear expertise in their field with a good support network. Their strongest point is that they give very clear advice and do treat the matter personally rather than simply as a remote consultant.”

Chambers, 2017

"A technically excellent and professional team."

Legal 500
9 September 2017
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Plan­ning in the UK
Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion
Law-Now: Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion Plan­ning
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6 September 2017
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Scot­tish Tour­ist Tax: Solu­tion or Set­back?
21 Jan 20
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21 November 2018
Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy
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23 May 2018
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A re­mind­er that plan­ning per­mis­sion may not be bought!
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CMS Plan­ning Group
Struc­tur­ing and Fu­ture-Proof­ing Com­plex Mixed-Use De­vel­op­ments
02 Dec 19
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9 September 2017
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Plan­ning in the UK
Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion
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Tele­coms: Court of Ap­peal rul­ing on op­er­at­or’s right to sur­vey
The Court of Ap­peal has con­cluded that para­graph 3(d) of the Code shall be con­strued to in­clude an ex­press right for op­er­at­ors to enter upon land to un­der­take a sur­vey to as­sess suit­ab­il­ity for the in­stall­a­tion...
6 September 2017
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in En­ergy Plan­ning in...
En­ergy
25 Oct 19
Plan­ning judg­ment on air qual­ity: con­tem­por­ary com­mer­cial think­ing...
On 12th Septem­ber 2019 the Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment up­hold­ing re­fus­als to grant two re­lated plan­ning per­mis­sions for large res­id­en­tial de­vel­op­ments in Kent. Whilst the reas­on­ing for the...