Planning

Experts at navigating planning, policy and policymaking legislation



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Authoritative legal advice for Planning with a thorough and persuasive team

Summary

Planning is a unique area of law that requires a special set of skills and experience. Unlike other practice areas, Planning is a mixture of policy, from central government, local government and non-departmental regulators, and law. As a result, developers and businesses don’t just require legal advice; they need a trusted authority to guide them through the myriad of policy and policymaking.

Our Planning team features partners with many decades of professional experience in this specialist area. The team has wide-ranging experience in many business sectors, especially property development, waste, renewable energy generation, minerals and golf course development.

Our work in Planning includes:

  • Applications for Planning Permission
  • Advice on Permitted Development Rights
  • Section 106 planning obligations
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Development Consent Orders
  • Lawful Development Certificates
  • Planning appeals
  • Enforcement appeals
  • Planning due diligence reviews
  • Compulsory purchase orders and compensation
  • Judicial Review and High Court appeals
  • Residential development
  • Commercial development
  • Mixed use development
  • Waste recycling
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Biomass plants
  • Mineral extraction
  • Wind farms
  • Hydro-electric plants

Notable cases

  • Advising on a new housing scheme comprising just over 100 proposed dwellings on a greenfield site. Planning permission was won on appeal.
  • Advising on the redevelopment of an end-of-life vehicles facility. The initial scheme we inherited was rejected on appeal on Green Belt and noise grounds. We went the extra mile for the client by redesigning the proposed layout so as to render it more Green Belt-friendly and to increase noise attenuation. Planning permission for the redesigned scheme was won on appeal.
  • Winning an enforcement appeal by establishing that a skip hire business is ancillary to waste recycling and does not need a new planning permission.
  • Advising on an Adventure Golf development. The challenges were Green Belt and visual impact as the proposals included features such as a life-size schooner. Planning permission was obtained from the local planning authority.
  • Advice on review of minerals permission (ROMP) to facilitate the development of a hard-rock quarry in the National Park involving detailed considerations of a scheme of working, the effect of sterilisation arising out of infrastructure works and consequent mining code claim.
  • Complicated, four-party Section 106 agreement whereby the void space was being infilled by a third party; difficult issues arising out of joint working and title as a result of a severance of surface and minerals; ensuring that covenants are enforceable by the Minerals Planning Authority but which do not hamper or restrict the development of the quarry. 
  • Advice in connection with National Infrastructure Projects and the effects of mineral working, with steps taken to prevent the unnecessary frustration of mineral working, and a joint scheme to facilitate the development.

Who have our partners worked with?

  • ASM Metal Recycling Limited
  • Kitewood Estates Limited
  • Property development client
  • J&J Transport Limited
  • Stockley Park Golf Club
  • Forterra Building Products Ltd
  • Sibelco Minerals and Chemicals UK Ltd
  • The Crown Estate

Client Testimonials

“ASM is a successful and expanding metal recycling company. To help it achieve success, it requires the skills of a planning lawyer who fully understands the waste industry. We have found that lawyer in Michael Krantz. He is thorough, tenacious, presents ASM’s case to the planning authority in the best possible manner and provides us with clear and well-thought-out advice.”

– Managing Director, ASM Recycling

“A proactive and pragmatic approach was given to take account of the working arrangements of the quarry, with a thorough understanding of the issues involved.”

Key contacts

Michael Krantz

Partner

IP, Planning & Environment

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