Real estate

Planning and environment

Our Planning and environment offering provides a full suite of advisory services for investors, developers, lenders, owners, and occupiers.

Our Planning and Environment team will get you from design to development and occupation. 

Development, regeneration and infrastructure projects are becoming increasingly complex as market conditions change and legislation and case law develops. You need sophisticated and practical solutions to navigate this planning maze.

Our dedicated planning specialists work hard to deliver the highest quality service for our clients in line with their commercial objectives. 

We provide tactical and strategic planning promotion advice through the Town and Country Planning regime, while also advising our clients on planning for and delivering complex schemes requiring Development Consent Orders (DCOs) or Transport and Works Act Orders (TWAOs).

Always working as one team with our clients, we aim to give strategic advice on policy applications and viability, compulsory purchase and compensation, and the Community Infrastructure Levy. We apply robustness when helping to health check planning applications and environmental impact assessments, but also when we draft and negotiate planning and related infrastructure agreements. We also act on implementation, modification and discharge of planning conditions, and obligations.

We help clients to prepare for and project manage major planning inquiries and examinations, as well as, give technical advice on highways, rights of way, and town and village green issues, on heritage issues including listed buildings/conservation area controls, on contaminated land and environmental regulatory issues, and on lawful development certificates and advertisement consents. 

If things go wrong, we'll also help you with appeal court proceedings, including judicial review and statutory appeals, advise you on protecting against and representation during planning enforcement action, and advocacy support at public inquires and hearings (including judicial review).

Our clients include commercial and residential investors and developers, investment funds, local authorities, lenders, landlords and tenants.

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Coronavirus and Real Estate

Coronavirus and Real Estate

The Coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect people, businesses and economies across the globe. 

The knock-on effect of Government guidance shutting down sectors within real estate for a significant period of time means that businesses are now fighting to remain afloat, agile and up to speed on changing regulation.

Coronavirus and Real Estate

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