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.

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.

Key Contact

Andrew Given

Partner and Head of Housebuilding & Development

Acting for developers and local authorities - what we do

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 provision
 Open Space and Amenity Land transfers

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