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Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Planning and environmental laws are increasingly complex and with climate change they control some of the most important issues facing our world.

Our team of experts provide holistic planning and environmental advice for developers, local authorities, utility companies and entrepreneurs for both residential and commercial real estate projects. We also offer specialist planning and sustainability advice tailored for the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, media and entertainment businesses, life sciences and pharma companies, advertising and marketing sector, as well as the tech and communications industry.

Our team has a separate bespoke planning service for private clients and family offices which includes carrying out planning feasibility assessments, legal audits and strategic advice to secure permission, pre-application enquiries, preparing and submitting planning and listed building applications, drafting objection letters to planning or licencing applications as well as acting for clients at appeal or judicial review.

Our expertise includes:


Environment & Sustainability

  • strategic planning advice for development
  • environmental impact and habitat assessments
  • specialist planning service for HNWIs
  • pollution and emissions
  • planning and enforcement appeals
  • waste management
  • S106 agreements and CIL
  • water and drought management
  • listed buildings and heritage
  • drainage and flood risk
  • highways and infrastructure
  • alternative energy
  • town and village greens
  • permits and licencing
  • compulsory purchase and CPO compensation
  • statutory nuisance
  • judicial review and statutory challenges
  • carbon trading and reporting

In conjunction with our real estate and construction colleagues we also have a collaborative arrangement with architects and financial advisers to provide a “one stop” service for finding and building your own home whether in town or in the country. Click here to download the guide

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Fuelled by the climate crisis, green-minded stakeholders are applying ever-increasing pressure on hotel companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This is not surprising given that, according to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the carbon emissions generated per room per night in UK hotels are as high as 10.4 kg CO2e.

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When the housing department published its consultation on draft changes to national planning policy last December, it said the immediate revisions would take effect this spring. However, the government’s consultation response is yet to appear and officials are reluctant to give a timescale.

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A legislative tweak allowing councils to refuse applications anywhere in their area from applicants deemed slow to build out a site will be challenging to implement, may unfairly penalise smaller developers and could deter brownfield redevelopment, commentators fear.

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