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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.

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