The planning maze can often be confusing but Shoosmiths’ planning team has a wealth of experience in supporting private and public sector clients on all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase law, balancing their strategic objectives with the various demands placed upon them by the planning system.
Recognised as Planning Law Firm of the Year at the Planning Awards 2022 and a Top 5 team in the Planning Law Survey 2021, our specialist team has worked with commercial and residential developers, investors, retail and leisure operators, social housing bodies, major corporate occupiers, banks and other funders and a range of public sector bodies on some of the UK's most complex and challenging urban regeneration schemes, along with mixed use, residential, retail and private rented sector (PRS) developments.
Whether it is general planning advice, the drafting of infrastructure agreements or strategic planning advice to facilitate delivery of complex mixed use schemes, our team has a significant knowledge and expertise to help our clients get the deal done. Our approach is always to look forward and anticipate potential planning policy and statutory changes, and to assist in the interpretation of existing policy, such as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Our team has particular experience of acting for both promoters and objectors to compulsory purchase order schemes, from specific compensation issues to strategic advice on land assembly and CPO process.
Environmental issues are also a key factor in planning considerations, and our environmental team is able to cover all aspects of environmental law, from contaminated land to waste, climate change, renewables, nuisance, water pollution and asbestos, as well as in in related areas such as energy and health & safety.
As one of the largest dedicated teams in the UK, we are never far away from our clients and their sites. Our understanding of current and future planning trends makes our advice always focused, clear and commercial and our UK-wide team has the breadth and depth to support on all types of project. We like to work closely with our clients to understand and appreciate their business strategies and provide timely, pragmatic and commercial planning advice in a cost-effective manner, which takes into consideration their strategic ambitions and working preferences.
Planning is part of Shoosmiths’ wider real estate offering. If you would like help finding the right team or lawyer please contact us on +44 (0)3700 863 000 or contact us by email to [email protected].