Assets of community value
Steven Watts | 11.03.2019
Whether preparing for an initial application, appealing a decision, ensuring planning obligations are carefully drafted, or complying with enforcement notices or judicial review due to third party obligations, seeking advice from a specialist and experienced team can help you successfully navigate what can be a complex area of law.
We offer a comprehensive service that covers all aspects of the planning process including:
Preparing an application requires experience and attention to detail. If you are to make the most of a site’s potential for development, close examination of policy and planning issues is essential. This includes:
If you want to appeal a decision, we can advise you on the following:
Planning obligations are regularly used as a method of securing developer contributions and the provision of affordable housing. It is vital that these agreements are carefully drafted. We advise on all aspects of planning obligations including:
It is extremely important to comply with enforcement notices as a failure to do so can lead to criminal sanction.
We advise on all aspects of enforcement including:
Planning decisions are increasingly contentious and can lead to third party challenges.
We have extensive experience of taking and defending legal proceedings challenging the grant of planning permission, the dismissal of planning appeals and the adoption of development plan policies and allocations. Our planning team was one of the first in the country to successfully overturn the adoption of a neighbourhood plan.
We can advise on the grounds supporting a legal challenge and how that can be pursued or defended. Prior to a planning application being submitted, we can advise on the best way to negotiate that application and obtain consent so as to minimise the chances of a legal challenge.
We can also advise on the potential for legal challenges on property and development deals which are proceeding by way of conditional contracts or options.