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.
The policy and legislation changes to expect this winter: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine29 November 2021
With levelling-up a key government policy, the start of 2022 is set to hot up with the government setting out its response to feedback on the planning white paper
What Gove's appearance in front of MPs tells us about his priorities for changing the planning system: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine22 November 2021
The housing secretary revealed his latest thinking on planning changes when he appeared before MPs last week, including giving communities a greater say over new development and examining the impact of permitted development.
Lewis Silkin receives tier 1 ranking in Legal 500 UK 2022 for Employment, M&A and Media and Entertainment01 October 2021
Lewis Silkin continues to receive strong recognition in the latest Legal 500 UK guide released yesterday, earning 67 individual lawyer and practice rankings – of which 7 are top tier practice rankings, 3 were new entries and 7 were improvements on last year.
The issues raised by an appeal decision blocking the replacement of a slave trader statue with that of a Black Lives Matter protester: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine20 September 2021
An appeal decision that saw an inspector block the replacement of a listed statue of an 18th-century slave trader in Bristol with that of a Black Lives Matter protester indicates the challenges in removing or altering historic structures for social and community reasons, say experts.
The fate of statues under the new National Planning Policy Framework: Sara Hanrahan writes for Property Week30 July 2021
On 20 July, MHCLG published its latest revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). One notable amendment, a modification to the application process for the removal of historic statues, is a political hot potato.
Five policy and legislation changes to expect this summer: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource20 July 2021
Changes to local plan-making and methods for making developers contribute to the infrastructure that supports their schemes are among the alterations promised for the next few months
How the parliamentary report on planning changes is likely to affect government thinking: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine22 June 2021
Ministers will find it hard to dismiss a heavyweight select committee report on its proposed planning changes, say observers. Among the recommendations they think are most likely to influence government thinking are a reconsideration of the proposals for new zonal-style local plans and the abolition of section 106 agreements.
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.