A dedicated and expert team of planning solicitors

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.

Our expertise

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

  • Development Agreements

  • Golden Brick provisions

  • Open Space and Amenity Land transfers

Undertaking complex transactions for housebuilders and landowners

Your local real estate solicitor since 1882

Recent highlights

  • 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.

Digmore Sid

Excellent service

I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.

Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.


Margaret Wilson

Clear concise advice

Quick response to e-mails or phone calls. Will certainly use again in the near future. Clear concise advice patiently given!


Mr Ian Liddle

Excellent service

Excellent service as usual.



Superb once again.

Superb once again. Goughs provides outstanding service... professional in getting the job done and conducted with grace and care. Thank you Goughs!


Ashley Stone

Rhianna Cole

The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.



Matt Saunders

Made first-time buying a (relatively) simple process!

Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.



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 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.

Your Wiltshire 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.

Your land & development team

Elli Crosby


After joining the firm in 2017 Elli qualified as a solicitor in January 2021. Elli deals with all aspects of housebuilding, in particular acting for both housebuilders and landowners in relation to the purchase and disposal of land for residential development.  

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.

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