Planning and Environment (Real Estate)

Planning and Environment

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

Our planning and environmental group helps developers, occupiers, investors and public sector bodies to manage increasingly complex legislation and regulatory policy across a broad spectrum of strategic matters. Our work covers both public and private sector projects, all asset classes including mixed-use projects.

Our team’s range of specialisms means we are uniquely placed to advise on large development schemes and complex planning issues. We also act for high net worth individuals on high-profile matters including basement development applications.

Knowing how to navigate both the rules and rule makers is vital. Hence the experts in our regulatory practice group are drawn also from across the real estate sector and include both lawyers and former regulators. We know the regulators, we understand how they work, and we take a pragmatic, hands-on approach to regulatory advice, compliance, negotiation, risk assessment and dispute resolution.

If it concerns planning, sustainability is now a key consideration. This is why alongside Savills and Argent, we are partnering with Property Week and UKGBC on an industry-wide Climate Crisis Challenge to raise awareness of industry-specific sustainability issues and to look at technological solutions and behavioural change. Our aim is an industry-wide adoption of the World GBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Planning appeals
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Contaminated land
  • Judicial review and statutory challenge
  • Environmental assessments
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Local and neighbourhood plans
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Strategic planning
  • Listed buildings and other heritage assets
  • Enforcement
  • Highways
  • Urban regeneration.

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