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Land and development solicitors

Infrastructure and your development plans

Infrastructure arrangements play a crucial part in the delivery of any development project and should be considered at the outset of your construction timeline to avoid delaying sales.

Our experienced land and development team will progress your infrastructure agreements in a timely manner whilst identifying any key issues that may have practical implications on site.

Our expertise

Real estate lawyers advising you on:

  • Highways – Section 38 / Section 278 agreements

  • Drainage – Section 104 agreements

  • Substation and gas governor transfers and leases

  • Deeds of easement and wayleave agreements with utility providers

  • Obligations under planning agreements, such as public open space transfers

Undertaking complex transactions for housebuilders and landowners

Your local real estate solicitor since 1882

Recent highlights

  • Advising on a Section 278 agreement for a new roundabout as part of the South Chippenham expansion facilitating access to 1000 homes and a major commercial development

  • Acting on behalf of a local authority client in respect of multiple highways agreements

  • Negotiating statutory agreements and utility arrangements on behalf of developers for a number of residential schemes

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.


Jane Weller


Helpful, prompt and efficient


Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.


Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.


Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.


Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.



Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

Rebecca is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Construction Law.


Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

Andrew is an experienced, diligent and pragmatic development lawyer.  Highly recommended.


Bath Property Awards 2021

Goughs prides itself on its first-class service, with growing property marketing reach and increasing areas of expertise. Enquiries also escalated by 20%, a commanding showing this year!


Peter Hellyer

I have found Goughs Solicitors in Chippenham & Trowbridge to be fast and very efficient in their services to me, they understand your instruction and get on with it! They are very easy to talk to, which is equally very important to me. They are my first port of call for all legal services.


Your infrastructure
questions answered

A wayleave agreement is essentially a contract between a land owner and a power company, allowing that power company to install, run and check on cables running over the land in question. These are essential to keep the country running as we expect, but of course can provide problems when wanting to develop land. 

No matter whether it was you or a former owner that agreed to the wayleave agreement, it will transfer to you on purchase of the land. 

You must therefore take any power lines, pylons and cables into serious consideration before acquiring land for development. Goughs Solicitors have the experience and expertise to advise you on how best to approach this to ensure your development goes to plan. 

Yes, absolutely. Easements can come into play on land you may wish to develop for two mains reasons:

  1. An easement already exists – where someone  has a right to access the land for a purpose such as a right of way, you will need to ensure they will still have access to do so. 
  2. You need an easement – this will be the case when the land you wish to purchase and develop is surrounded by privately owned land and you will therefore require access to it, both during the development and after. 

Goughs are here to advise you on how best to approach easements that already exist and how to put an easement in place for your development project. 

For any development project a section 104 application must be made before your contractor can start putting pipes in place. 

This will ensure that the local sewerage authority will adopt the drains that have been put in place and prevents issues further down the line. 

Get in touch with Goughs for further details. 

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Your land & development team

Hannah Delaney

Plot Sales & Development Conveyancer

Hannah started as a legal assistant within the team and quickly progressed to the role of Plot Sales and Development Conveyancer in January 2019. She handles all our plot sales, on a wide range of sites.

Elli Crosby


Elli initially worked in the Land & Development team as a Plot Sales Conveyancer before starting her training contract in January 2019. She moved back to the team in summer 2019 and recently qualified. Elli deals with all aspects of development work whilst also managing all the team’s Infrastructure projects.

Aimee Glover

Senior Associate

Aimee has been working in development land since 2011 and has acted for a number of national housebuilders. She joined the team in late 2020 and manages our Planning matters whilst also dealing with both strategic land and land acquisition.

Sophie Crawford


Sophie joined the team in December 2020 and works closely with Aimee on strategic land projects as well as dealing with all aspects of development land work.

Andrew Given

Partner and Head of Land & Development

Andrew has been head of the Land & Development team since 2014 and acts for SME Housebuilders, Land Promoters, and Landowners on all aspects of development land.

Your real estate
legal experts


We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.


Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.


We deal with a wide variety of real estate clients so have the expertise to ensure all your needs are dealt with by one team.

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