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  • Overview

    Our planning lawyers deal with all aspects of planning law including:

    • section 106 agreements and community infrastructure levy
    • highways and infrastructure agreements
    • permitted development rights
    • compulsory purchase orders and compensation
    • appeals, enforcement, judicial review and statutory challenges and other planning problems,

    Administrative delays, legal complexity, special interest groups and conflicting government policies can combine to create a dangerous and costly obstacle course.

    But there are smarter ways of dealing with it. We don't pretend it's easy but with our cross-departmental expertise, our links with other professionals, our many years’ experience and plenty of streetwise know-how we think that we can help you negotiate a path through the challenges with less pain and greater confidence. We focus clearly on the results that you want to achieve and we will always be clear and candid on what's the most realistic way to get there.  Above all, we'll be pragmatic on your behalf - we like to see our clients' projects come to fruition.

    Our team regularly assists clients on tricky Town and Country planning aspects of development projects and residential / commercial property purchases and sales. We also represent clients on planning / enforcement notice appeal work, both before the Planning Inspectorate and on High Court judicial reviews and statutory reviews.

    Of increasing importance, we have wide-ranging environmental expertise. We assist clients who are the subject of local authority or Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions for environmental offences. These can arise from issues as diverse as contaminated land, waste management, water pollution or packaging and recycling obligations. As with other regulatory work, we adopt a thorough, tactically considered and proactive approach at the investigatory stage, cooperating fully with the investigating body so as to give our clients the best possible prospects if faced with any subsequent prosecution. We have a particular strength in representing clients who have been invited to attend interviews under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. We understand the stress that this can entail and take care to provide moral as well as legal support in these cases.

    To round things off we have a very good record of success in acting for clients on compulsory purchase order (CPO) compensation claims. We were involved on an important case arising out of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project and have represented clients affected by a number of highways schemes in the south east. We are well placed in terms of experience, local know-how and geography to represent landowners and businesses likely to be affected by the London Resort Development  (formerly known as London Paramount. 

    A team approach to all these types of cases is necessary, usually involving specialist compulsory purchase valuation surveyors and counsel. We know and work with the best specialists.

    In short, we have the whole package.  For further information please contact one of the team below.

     

       

  • Related Client Stories

    Successful objection to development’s prior planning approval

    The client and a number of fellow local residents instructed Kate Jardine to assist them in formulating an argument against the progression of a series of block built high end apartments in a relatively quiet area on the edge of a rural town. The proposed site was on the edge of a conservation area and already suffering with traffic congestion coming into the town, as well as the potential for significant overlooking and overbearing for the existing residents as a result of the proposed development.

    Advice on planning use results in successful purchase

    Kate Jardine recently advised on the correct planning use of a former hotel in anticipation of our client’s purchase.

    Enforcement prosecution successfully dropped by Local Planning Authority against our client

    We assisted the client on a contentious planning enforcement matter. The client was wrongly accused of submitting misleading information to the local authority in its planning application.

    Assistance in appealing refused planning permission

    Our client had obtained prior approval for a Class Q conversion (under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015) for use of their property from an agricultural barn to a residential dwelling.

    Application for Certificate of Lawful Use in preparation for sale of residential home

    The clients, owners of a former warehouse in central London, now used as an open plan stylish, converted apartment, required formal regularisation of a historic planning condition imposed over 20 years ago providing for a live/work use of the apartment.

    Enforcement notices withdrawn following successful negotiations

    The client was issued with two enforcement notices relating to a parcel of land to the side of a motorway. The land had been trespassed upon, with caravans and hard standing left on site without the authority of the client. On behalf of the client, two appeals were submitted against the notices.

    Section 106 agreement finalised in advance of appeal – new affordable homes and contributions towards essential infrastructure

    The developer client sought Kate Jardine’s advice and assistance with the production and negotiation of a section 106 agreement, dealing with the provision of financial contributions and a percentage of affordable units on a site for twenty one new dwellings in a sought after location. An appeal had been lodged against the refusal of permission.

    Section 106 agreement supporting planning permission with a Car Club Scheme

    Kate Jardine recently advised and assisted on the negotiation of a section 106 deed relating to the provision of a Car Club Scheme within a new development in an edge of town location. The agreement was required to support the client’s application to amend the original development.

    Permission granted for development site – 21 new affordable homes

    Kate Jardine recently advised and negotiated a section 106 planning agreement in relation to a development site to provide twenty one affordable housing units.

    Rights of common

  • Latest Updates

    Have you implemented your planning permission?

    Update from the planning inspectorate

    Is the green belt’s visual quality the same as its openness?

    The concept of Green Belts is a national planning policy aimed at maintaining a protective buffer of countryside (for agriculture, outdoor leisure etc) around certain urban areas. 

    The Battle of the Plans, Parts 1 & 2

    The big news for the beginning of this year in regional planning is that, on 6 January, Wealden District Council in East Sussex withdrew its submitted plan from examination on the recommendation of the Inspector, following a rather regrettable report being published accusing Wealden of failing to comply with the duty to cooperate and identifying some “significant failings in respect of the soundness of the submitted Plan”. 

    Court of Appeal gives clear direction to local authorities in a landmark decision for s73 cases

    In November last year, the High Court examined in Finney v Welsh Ministers & Ors the test for how far a condition on a planning permission could be varied.

    Cinema site set to come to life again

    The town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent will, at last, see some activity on the Former ABC Cinema site, come the end of the year.

    Tunbridge Wells Cabinet to kick start public consultation of new Local Plan

    At a meeting of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Planning and Transport Cabinet Advisory Board last night (Monday 5 August), it was resolved that the new draft Local Plan (Found here: Draft local plan: regulation 18 consultation draft) be put to Cabinet members on 15 August for a decision as to whether the plan should go out to its first round of consultation in September. This is the first step in the long process to adoption (expected December 2021). A purely procedural step, by all accounts, and a decision by the Cabinet cannot involve either the introduction or removal of any specific sites allocated for development.  The Head of Planning’s report to Cabinet will broadly follow the contents of that put before the Advisory Board on Monday: Consultation on Draft Local Plan 2016 - 2036 (Regulation 18 and Sustainability Appraisal.

    New Permitted Development rights set to change the face of the High Street come into force this weekend (25.5.19)

    Draft regulations have now been laid before parliament introducing a handful of new permitted development rights set to change the face of the high street. 

    Cost of ignoring the court - £50,750

    Local authorities and the courts are quite well-known for being a bit bossy! But when you blatantly ignore orders of the court, there can be a hefty price to pay, as one pub landlord found out. 

    Consultation on draft Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2019

    The Government has recently published its consultation on the proposed further reform to the CIL Regulations 2010.

    Local Plans – what’s the fuss all about?

    You would think that the topic of Local Plans wouldn’t be a conversation-starter but just mention property prices locally and the number of building sites, and you’ll get a reaction. All of these things are led by one thing… the Local Plan. 

    Injunctions issued by Local Authorities – how to respond

    One of the most common reasons that a local authority serves an injunction on what appears to be vacant land, is in order to prevent the unauthorised development of the land that it believes may occur, particularly on land in a sensitive location or which has a special designation

    The bargaining power of a CVA

    A number of retailers have issued Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) announcements this year. If a limited company is insolvent, it can use a CVA to pay creditors over a fixed period. If creditors agree, the limited company can continue trading during this time.

    Brexit: what are the implications?

    When the news broke about Brexit on 24th June 2016, our expert lawyers each wrote a round up of the implications that could potentially you and your business.

    Brexit - what are the implications?

    Following the much awaited UK referendum outcome, we have been thinking about what a Leave vote could mean and, set out below, are articles with our first thoughts.

    Brexit and environmental law implications

    The UK’s current environmental laws are heavily influenced by EU law. Essentially they fall into two categories – those that have come into place as a result of directives (which then have to be implemented by UK legislation before they come into effect in the UK) and those which are contained in EU regulations (which have direct applicability and do not require UK legislation before they take effect). Examples of regulations are those applying to chemicals and fertilisers. Examples of directives are those applying to packaging waste and landfill.

    The Click and Collect Revolution

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is consulting on plans to allow retailers to alter properties to cater for “click and collect” services without the need for new planning consent.

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