Planning, Development and Public Law

It’s an exciting time when plans start to come to fruition for a new building project, but there are a number of things to consider first. Developments can be controversial, so you will need to consider how you will deal with any enforcement appeals and notices. If you are dealing with listed buildings, there can also be a number of legal issues to negotiate there too.

Our experience and advice to clients in this respect consists of the following:

  • Dealing with Enforcement Notices and assisting in Enforcement Appeals.
  • Assisting with high Court proceedings, appeals in connection with Planning Refusals and Judicial Review proceedings.
  • Planning obligations, section 106 agreements and ancillary documentation.
  • Applications for Certificates of Lawful use and Development.

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