Agriculture & Rural Property

Publish date

23 May 2023

Thomson Snell & Passmore strengthens planning team

We have recently welcomed Zak Moallim to our planning team. Zak joins from Mid Sussex District Council, where he qualified as a solicitor in 2021. While at the council, Zak specialised in all types of planning work.

Zak’s appointment adds further strength and depth to our planning offering to clients. Our expert planning team is headed up by Kate Jardine, an experienced planning solicitor with over 18 years of experience in working with developers, local authorities and farming families to achieve their planning goals.

Administrative delays, legal complexity, special interest groups and conflicting government policies can combine to create a dangerous and costly obstacle course. With our cross-departmental expertise, our links with other professionals, our many years’ experience and commercial awareness, we help negotiate a path through the challenges with less pain and greater confidence.

Our team regularly assists clients on 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.

Our specialisms include:

  • Reviewing the planning position for lending on developments
  • Appeals and enforcement
  • Judicial reviews and statutory challenges
  • Advising on planning history ahead of any purchase
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations
  • NPPF and planning policy guidance
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Highways and infrastructure agreements
  • Section 73 deeds of variation
  • Permitted development rights
  • Sustainability
  • Biodiversity net gains
  • Conservation covenants.
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