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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
06/09/2017
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Plan­ning in the UK
Berke­ley Homes on Lon­don res­id­en­tial de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing Vista in Bat­ter­sea and the former Wool­wich Ar­sen­al and Kid­brooke re­gen­er­a­tion pro­jects.Ham­mer­son and Stand­ard Life on Brent Cross Crickle­wood...
Law-Now: Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion Plan­ning
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06/09/2017
Plan­ning 2017
Plan­ning shapes every as­pect of our lives. The build­ings and en­vir­on­ments where we live, work, shop, play and edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion have all been cre­ated through com­mer­cial en­ter­prise, con­sulta­tion...

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10/06/2021
The “clad­ding tax”: the gov­ern­ment’s con­sulta­tion on the Res­id­en­tial Prop­erty...
Earli­er this year, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced its plan to in­tro­duce a new Res­id­en­tial Prop­erty De­veloper Tax (the “RP­DT”). Col­lo­qui­ally also known as the “clad­ding tax”, the tax’s stated aim is...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
26/05/2021
Move­ment on new leg­al frame­work for air pol­lu­tion, wa­ter qual­ity and nature...
Re­in­tro­duced to Par­lia­ment on 12 May, the En­vir­on­ment Bill (the “Bill”) is ex­pec­ted to enter in­to force in au­tumn 2021, ahead of the UK host­ing COP26 in Glas­gow in Novem­ber. The Bill sets out a leg­al...
17/05/2021
Un­cer­tain fu­ture for rates mit­ig­a­tion schemes fol­low­ing Su­preme Court judg­ment...
Hurst­wood Prop­er­ties (A) Ltd and oth­ers (Re­spond­ents) v Rossend­ale Bor­ough Coun­cil and an­oth­er (Ap­pel­lants) The Su­preme Court has de­livered its keenly an­ti­cip­ated judg­ment in a case con­cern­ing the valid­ity...
05/05/2021
SNP pledge to sim­pli­fy the con­sent­ing pro­cess for sal­mon farms
The Pledge The SNP Mani­festo has out­lined pro­pos­als for how they aim to bring “great­er clar­ity, trans­par­ency and speed to the pro­cess” should they form the next Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment. So far the pro­posed...
26/04/2021
Tele­coms: Ex­ten­sion of Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment Rights
Fol­low­ing the re­cent con­sulta­tion on pro­posed changes to the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code the Gov­ern­ment has now an­nounced a fur­ther con­sulta­tion on the ex­ten­sion of the per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights...
23/04/2021
Busi­ness Rates - High Court sets out check­list for es­tab­lish­ing rate­able...
In an im­port­ant Judg­ment the High Court has set out a “check­list” for dis­trict judges to fol­low when de­term­in­ing dis­putes about what con­sti­tutes “oc­cu­pa­tion” for busi­ness rates pur­poses. It has...
19/04/2021
Free­ports: New per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights
The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced an ex­ten­sion of the per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights (“PD rights”) avail­able to sea ports in Eng­land, mean­ing in­creased flex­ib­il­ity and align­ment between the rights of air­ports...
08/04/2021
New Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment (“PD”) rights to change from Class E to res­id­en­tial...
The Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that it will in­tro­duce a new PD right to al­low the change of use from com­mer­cial, busi­ness and ser­vice uses (Class E) to res­id­en­tial uses (Class C3) in Eng­land.  This PD...
31/03/2021
Court of Ap­peal saves homes from (self) isol­a­tion
The Court of Ap­peal has dis­missed a de­veloper’s chal­lenge in a long run­ning dis­pute over the de­vel­op­ment of Bramshill Park, Hamp­shire. Set in a grade I lis­ted Jac­o­bean man­sion and grade I re­gistered...
29/03/2021
Busi­ness rates and Cov­id-19: re­stric­tion on ma­ter­i­al change of cir­cum­stances...
On 25 March 2021, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced meas­ures with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to lim­it the use of the Ma­ter­i­al Change in Cir­cum­stances (MCC) pro­vi­sions to achieve re­duc­tions in the rate­able value of prop­er­ties...
22/03/2021
Im­port­ant new Gov­ern­ment con­sulta­tions on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency
Sum­mary The Gov­ern­ment on 17 March 2021 is­sued two im­port­ant con­sulta­tions on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. The first con­sulta­tion seeks views on the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce a na­tion­al per­form­ance-based...