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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
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27 Mar 20
Pro­gress­ing de­vel­op­ments in the shad­ow of COV­ID-19 – Deemed Dis­charge...
As loc­al au­thor­it­ies (“LPAs”) seek to deal with COV­ID-19, their ca­pa­city to ap­prove plan­ning con­di­tions ne­ces­sary to bring for­ward de­vel­op­ment may be re­duced. In­stead of form­al ap­prov­al, de­velopers...
25 Mar 20
Re­gisters of Scot­land - Tem­por­ary Clos­ure of the Ap­plic­a­tion Re­cord...
Back­ground On Tues­day 24 March 2020, the Re­gisters of Scot­land (RoS) took the de­cision to close their of­fices to pro­tect the health and safety of their em­ploy­ees, in line with the UK Gov­ern­ment’s ad­vice...
25 Mar 20
COV­ID-19: Off­shore Wind Leas­ing Rounds Re­act
Cor­rect as of 9:15 on 25 March 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. The Crown Es­tate and Crown Es­tate Scot­land have pub­lished guid­ance re­gard­ing the on­go­ing COV­ID-19 situ­ation and re­it­er­at­ing their...
24 Mar 20
Plan­ning: Cur­rent State of Play #2 
The re­sponse to Coronavir­us (Cov­id-19) at all levels of gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to evolve. There is a real need for flex­ib­il­ity in the plan­ning sys­tem to en­sure that the im­pacts of the pan­dem­ic are min­im­ised...
19 Mar 20
Plan­ning: Cur­rent state of play - Cov­id-19
Coronavir­us (Cov­id-19) has drastic­ally changed day-to-day life across the UK. These are un­cer­tain times with enorm­ous ini­tial im­pacts on the re­tail, leis­ure, hos­pit­al­ity and travel sec­tors. Of­fice life...
16 Mar 20
In­junc­tion awar­ded for rights of light in­jury: 7 things you need to...
The High Court has de­clared in Beau­mont Busi­ness Centres Lim­ited v Flor­ala Prop­er­ties Lim­ited [2020] that a prop­erty own­er is en­titled to an in­junc­tion against a City de­veloper who breached its rights...
28 Jan 20
Court rules that un­in­cor­por­ated as­so­ci­ations – in­clud­ing neigh­bour­hood...
Over­view In Air­e­bor­ough Neigh­bour­hood De­vel­op­ment For­um v Leeds City Coun­cil, it was found that an un­in­cor­por­ated as­so­ci­ation, in this case a neigh­bour­hood for­um, has ca­pa­city to bring both a ju­di­cial...
21 Jan 20
In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion for Scot­land pub­lishes first re­port in­to...
The In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion for Scot­land (ICS) has pub­lished the first in a series of re­ports in­to the fu­ture of in­fra­struc­ture with­in Scot­land. The ICS, es­tab­lished in early 2019 after the re­lease...
06 Jan 20
All Change, All Change: An over­view of what might lie ahead by way...
The res­id­en­tial prop­erty world has entered 2020 an­ti­cip­at­ing a busy year in terms of leg­al re­form. Here are some likely head­lines: In­tro­du­cing the Renters’ Re­form Bill (Eng­land only) This was in­tro­duced...
03 Dec 19
A re­mind­er that plan­ning per­mis­sion may not be bought!
In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Wright) v Re­si­li­ent En­ergy Severndale Ltd and Forest Dean Dis­trict Coun­cil, the Su­preme Court has con­firmed that the ma­ter­i­al­ity of a con­sid­er­a­tion in a plan­ning de­cision will...
02 Dec 19
Not in this cook­ie jar. ECJ holds that a pre-checked tick box does...
The European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) was asked to con­sider the concept of val­id con­sent in re­spect of cook­ies stored on the equip­ment of web­site users (the “Users”) in the case of Bundes­verb­and...
26 Nov 19
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...