Planning is the key to opportunities but can also be a minefield. We help our clients achieve their objectives by navigating the complexities of the system.
Our practical approach is underpinned by the belief that effective planning lawyers can have a hugely beneficial impact on the use of land and the creation of value in it.
We advise on the full range of planning and environment issues, from the land acquisition stage to scheme implementation. We can help with:
- effective cases for securing or objecting to site allocations and development plan policies
- applying for planning permissions, consents and lawful development certificates
- planning and enforcement appeals including written representations, hearings and public inquiries
- negotiating planning agreements and other statutory documents
- consultation and mediation procedures
- the environmental impact assessment process
Our team has extensive experience of representing landowners, developers and planning authorities, on projects including London 2012, the Elephant and Castle Early Housing Sites, the Brent Cross and Cricklewood Regeneration and the Arsenal Stadium Regeneration schemes.
Why the government may have to backtrack on its proposals to grant permission through local plans: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine21 May 2021
In this article for Planning Magazine, Sara Hanrahan shares her views on how the government may have to back out of proposals to change local plans so they automatically confer outline permission on certain kinds of development in specific places.
What we know about the government's proposed changes to developer contributions: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine21 May 2021
In this article for Planning Magazine, Sara Hanrahan comments on whether the government will stick to previous proposals for a flat-rate charge and postponement of payment to project completion through which developers contribute to the cost of mitigating the impacts of their schemes.
Lewis Silkin wins Real Estate Team of the Year Award 202006 November 2020
Lewis Silkin has won the accolade of Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2020 for their work on Earl’s Court Regeneration.
Overview of planning changes 2020 (England only)05 October 2020
There have been a number of changes to permitted development rights (PDRs) during the Covid-19 pandemic and there are further significant reforms in the pipeline.
FAQS on Covid-19 planning reforms14 August 2020
Just before the pandemic outbreak, the Government issued the trailer ‘Planning for the Future’ announcing various proposed reforms to the planning system. This was to be followed by a White Paper in the spring but following lock-down the Paper was postponed. Instead, the Government concentrated on emergency measures to alleviate the crisis. As lock down eased, Boris Johnson launched ‘Project Speed’ aimed at getting Britain building again including a radical reform of the planning system. This has resulted in a flurry of legislation with more to come.
Lewis Silkin heads legal think tank on planning changes17 June 2020
Following the COVID19 outbreak, The Law Society wrote to the Minister of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) with a list of proposed recommendations to assist with planning during the coronavirus pandemic.
How legal changes can keep planning and development open during the coronavirus epidemic: Sara Hanrahan writes for The Planner24 April 2020
The Law Society has requested a slew of changes to the English planning system to enable planning and development to continue during the coronavirus epidemic and the post-lockdown period, as Sara Hanrahan explains in this article for The Planner.
The Law Society calls for urgent planning fixes: Sara Hanrahan writes for Estates Gazette21 April 2020
The planning committee for the City of London and the wider national planning committee joined forces to consider the legislative changes introduced since the outbreak of Covid-19. Sara Hanrahan, our Head of Planning discusses the current legislation and how it could provide the building blocks for the future.