Planning and Environment

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Chambers & Partners

We provide practical and commercial advice on the full range of planning, compulsory purchase and environmental issues faced by our landowner, developer and institutional clients. Those issues include development control, plan preparation, planning agreements, due diligence, compulsory purchase, environmental impact assessment, waste management, water pollution, energy use, hazardous substances, habitats and nature conservation, flooding, environmental permitting and contaminated land.

Our expertise

Our planning and environment team has expertise in all areas of planning and environmental law. We have advised on projects from urban extensions to minerals and waste, and agricultural workers' dwellings. We utilise our experience in consultancy to advise clients on their environmental obligations from every day activities such as managing waste and hazardous substances, to less obvious requirements including packaging and refrigeration systems. 

We have excellent links with members of the planning and environmental 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. We can advise on the legal requirements for environmental supporting information such as environmental statements and habitat assessments. 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 the 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 and environmental issues and risks, including contaminated land.  In addition, we can help you devise strategies to protect the development potential of your asset into the future.

Businesses and charities: we advise on the risks arising from environmental regulation for businesses and charities. We understand the practical implications of compliance and how to approach potential non-compliance and enforcement. 

Who we help

More information

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