Planning

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Chambers & Partners

We provide practical and commercial advice on the full range of planning and compulsory purchase issues faced by our landowner, developer and institutional clients. Those issues include development control, plan preparation, planning agreements, due diligence and compulsory purchase.

Our expertise

Our planning team has expertise in all areas of planning law, from urban extensions to minerals and waste, and agricultural workers' dwellings. We also have excellent links with members of the planning bar and regularly instruct Counsel for Inquiry and Tribunal work.

You will be assigned a dedicated partner to personally handle your case, someone you can call for updates or answer questions at any time. Should you require it, they will also be able to call upon expertise from other areas of the firm to advise on your case, areas such as property, tax, charity, and finance.

Who We Help

Developers: we are able to steer you through the planning application process, from initial submission to appeal, alongside your professional team.  We negotiate planning obligations (s106 agreements) and highway agreements required in support of your development within local authority deadlines and to achieve the desired results. Liability for Community Infrastructure Levy may arise, and we can advise on any exemptions and reliefs and assist you in your dealings with the charging authority. Responding to objections and managing responses from statutory consultees is an important part of the planning process.  We can advise you on the best approach to take and how to minimise risks of judicial review.

We also advise developers responding to proposals to designate property as an asset of community value.  We advise on public access issues, including town and village greens and public rights of way, including diversions as necessary.  We can also provide input on compliance with planning and listed building requirements, and advise in the context of enforcement proceedings.

Landed Estates: we have significant experience of advising landed estates on promoting land for development as part of the development plan preparation process. We regularly advise on permitted development rights for agricultural and other buildings, and on heritage protection for listed buildings.

Investors: we play an important role in the due diligence process, providing commercial, timely and insightful advice on planning issues and risks.  In addition, we can help you devise strategies to protect the development potential of your asset into the future. 

More information

For more information contact one of our specialist advisers below or visit our Press office.

Specialist advisers