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Land and development solicitors
Consideration of the planning process
One of the key aspects of looking at any development site involves a consideration of the planning position. It is important to consider whether the site has planning permission and if it has planning permission it is vital to ascertain whether the permission does what is required and whether that planning permission can be fully implemented.
Our planning law solicitors also have considerable experience of acting for both housebuilders, developers and for registered providers in relation to affordable housing.
Acting for developers and local authorities
We act for both developers and local authorities in relation to Section 106 Agreements, a position that stands us in good stead for understanding the other party’s main drivers and concerns on a given matter and enabling us to advise on legally and commercially acceptable outcomes for both parties. We work closely with any relevant planning consultants, affordable housing experts and architects to ensure that the Section 106 Agreement does not contain any issues that would ultimately prevent the sale of the dwellings or units on the development site.
Planning due diligence in relation to a development site. This will usually comprise a review of the planning consent to advise of any unusual planning conditions and ensuring that the planning consent can be fully and wholly implemented without recourse to unavailable third-party land
Section 106 Agreements and Unilateral Undertakings
Affordable Housing disposals
Golden Brick provisions
Open Space and Amenity Land transfers
Undertaking complex transactions for housebuilders and landowners
Your local real estate solicitor since 1882
Acting on a s.106 Agreement for a local planning authority in relation to a large development site for over 250 dwellings;
Advising a developer client in relation to a complicated s.106 Agreement in the Cotswolds which involved liaising with multiple third parties and included taking Counsel’s advice on various issues;
Phased disposal of 50 affordable housing units in Corsham, Wiltshire.
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Your planning questions answered
As part of the planning process a local planning authority will often require those seeking planning consent to enter into a Section 106 Agreement. A Section 106 Agreement is required to mitigate against the impact of a development on a local community and its existing infrastructure. It can require the payment of contributions, for instance the payment towards new education facilities or in some instances, the provision of an entirely new school. It can also require the development to include affordable housing.
Yes, absolutely. At Goughs, as legal planning experts we are here to help you navigate the ever more complex and changing world of planning applications.
We have many years of experience in negotiating, drafting and amending Section 106 Agreements to ensure you get the planning permission you need.
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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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