Planning

A dedicated and expert team of planning solicitors

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.

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

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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.

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.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Your land & development team

Laura Vickers

Plot Sales & Development Conveyancer

Laura is part of the Housebuilding and Land Development Sector, specialising in the sale of new build plots on behalf of our housebuilder clients on their development sites.

Elli Crosby

Solicitor

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

Associate Solicitor

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.

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Knowledge

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

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

Experience

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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