Planning law

Planning law

"They are professional, accessible, very amenable, and they provide excellent advice. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them."

Planning, Chambers 2017

Shoosmiths LLP's national planning team advises clients in the private and public sector on all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase law.

The team has worked on some of the UK's most complex and challenging urban regeneration schemes, along with mixed use, residential, retail and PRS developments.

With a national network of offices  in London and other major UK cities, we are close to clients and their sites. Our understanding of current and future planning trends makes our advice always focused, clear and commercial.

The team is ranked as one of the leading UK firms in the Planning Law Survey 2016.

Shoosmiths planning team have advised 

  • Peel Holdings on a range of development sites in the North West, including acting on a High Court challenge to the Secretary of State's refusal of planning permission for 600 new houses at Broadoak in Salford.
  • The Defence Infrastructure Organisation on the planning advice to deliver Service Family Accommodation in Wiltshire and Yorkshire to enable the Army Rebasing Programme.
  • Historic England (previously English Heritage) on a number of projects including Stonehenge, London Bridge Station and Ordsall Chord.
  • Grainger PLC on all legal planning aspects of the Aldershot Urban Extension, a joint venture by the client with the MOD to redevelop the former 'home of the Army' to provide 3,850 new homes, commercial, retail and community facilities.
  • IM Properties PLC on the proposed development at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull, part of which is in the Green Belt. The application site comprises residential units, 98,850sqm of storage/warehousing and office use, a care facility, 2,500sqm of ancillary town centre uses and leisure and community uses.
  • Galliford Try on the planning aspects of ten strategic land acquisitions comprising several hundred hectares of land, including an old WW2 Prisoner of War camp, an ex MOD site, a quarry and other strategic brown and greenfield sites.
  • The Great Haddon Consortium (Barratt Homes PLC & O&H Holdings & others) on a strategic urban extension of up to 5,500 residential units on land near Peterborough.
  • London Borough of Hackney on two compulsory purchase orders needed to acquire and demolish 5 tower blocks to deliver new market and affordable housing.