Planning & environment

Planning & environment

"Kirsten Hewson delivers a 'friendly, personable touch'"


Excellent service and legal advice from a team specialising in planning law delivering an amazing client experience for companies in the UK.

As an important and valued client, we know you require a planning team that understands and appreciates your business, meets and beats your deadlines, and provides timely, pragmatic and commercial planning advice in a cost-effective manner.

Shoosmiths' planning team consistently delivers in all of these key aspects and more.

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 reservoir of professional knowledge and expertise to help you get the deal done.

Led by joint Planning & Environment partners Lisa Tye and Kathryn Jump, our dedicated and experienced team will work with you and your professional team to enhance and facilitate service delivery and help achieve your planning objectives. 

The current and emerging changes to the planning system in England are challenging, and Shoosmiths' planning specialists understand the importance of being ahead of the game.

We anticipate and advise clients on important potential planning policy and statutory changes, and interpretation of existing policy, such as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Our advice is always focused, clear and commercial.

In addition to meeting the needs of our own planning client base, we provide a valuable planning service to other specialist lawyers within Shoosmiths, including colleagues in our real estate, construction, property litigation, and environmental teams.

Our clients include 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.

Work highlights

  • Appointed by Grainger PLC to provide strategic planning advice in relation to the Aldershot Urban Extension proposals, including advising on strategic planning matters, specific EIA and built heritage issues and SANGS drafting and advice on Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Acting for Larkfleet Ltd in relation to a 1,000-unit residential-led mixed use development in Oakham, East Midlands, including drafting and negotiating complex viability and cascade provisions in the Section 106 agreement
  • Advising English Heritage on a number of strategic sites across the country including the Liverpool Waters re-development scheme (a World Heritage Site), London Bridge Station and matters related to the Stonehenge highway proposals
  • Providing strategic planning advice, including advice on EIA scoping and built heritage matters and drafting the Section 106 Agreement in relation to the redevelopment of Selly Oak Hospital for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.