Planning

Our team was the first stand-alone Planning and Environment practice in the City of London more than 30 years ago. Today we have 42 specialist planning lawyers providing advice to clients across the UK on the most significant UK planning schemes.

Ranked the number one Planning legal team in the legal directories for over 20 years, our team has been involved in the biggest and most innovative development and infrastructure schemes in the UK, including the Shard, Liverpool One, London Victoria, Paddington Basin, Stratford City, Stratford London, the Olympic Park, the "Walkie Talkie" and more. Indeed, our work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel won the "Best Planning Project of the Year" award and "Overall Silver Jubilee Cup"  at the RTPI Planning Excellence Awards 2015.

We have unparalleled experience of handling highly complex schemes whether it concerns London Towers, major infrastructure, retail/leisure/residential driven regeneration, signature schemes and multi arena sports facilities.  Our expertise extends to all facets of public law, compulsory purchase, procurement, state aid, best value and judicial review.

We have the experience and knowledge you need, all under one roof.

Latest examples of work

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      Tesco planning advice

      We are Tesco’s sole provider of planning advice. As a large land-holder in the UK we have advised Tesco on a wide range of matters including on developments, redevelopment and extensions, s106 agreements, CPOs and general strategic advice.

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      Stratford City Development

      Advising on planning for a major retail extension to the Stratford Shopping Centre along with more than 1,300 residential units at Cherry Park.

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      Land sec

      Advising on the Nova Victoria, Selborne House, Wellington House, Portland House and Castle Lane schemes.

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      Northumbrian Water

      We advised on the extension of the Abberton Reservoir.

    • National Grid

      We advised on the Humber Carbon Capture and Storage Scheme, the Mid-Wales Electricity Connection and the North Wales Electricity Connection.

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      HS1, H2S, Crossrail

      We are one of the few leading commercial law firms with front rank experience of advising major negotiations with the Secretary of State on Hybrid Bills for high speed railway lines.

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      Westfield

      We are advising Westfield on the promotion of a major retail led mixed use scheme in Croydon, including obtaining planning permission and promotion of the CPO.

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      Hatlie Energy - Underground Gas Storage, Preesall

      Secured the successful making of The Preesall (Underground Gas Storage Facility) Order which grants development consent for an underground gas storage facility in Preesall, Lancashire. The Secretary of State in his decision has said the facility would make a "nationally significant" contribution to ensure the UK’s security of gas supply.

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      Heathrow Airport Holdings

      Advising on the planning issues around the construction of its third runway.

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      Thames Water - Tideway Tunnels Project

      Helped to secure the development consent for London’s £4.2bn super sewer, the Thames Tideway Tunnel. This is one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects and the decision to grant development consent was the culmination of seven years of work for the team, following a rigorous and intensive public examination process.

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