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Planning regulations and laws are constantly changing while environmental and sustainability issues need careful consideration. As a developer or a landowner, it is essential you receive specialist planning advice before your project starts to guard against delays, spiralling costs, and a mountain of paperwork at a later date.

The planning team at Penningtons Manches Cooper is known for providing practical solutions and clear guidance on all aspects of the planning process, including strategic and local plan work, applications, appeals, enforcement, and High Court challenges, including judicial review.

Our planning lawyers also work closely with our real estate and dispute resolution teams, which means we can offer a comprehensive range of services for all commercial developers, banks and other funders, house builders and minerals and waste operators as well as private individuals carrying out or objecting to developments and charitable and educational institutions.

We are used to dealing with difficult and complex issues. Naturally, our team has an up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest changes to case law and legislation. So we can ensure planning regulations are interpreted correctly as well as identify risks and how to minimise them.

This means we can save you time and reduce your costs, whether you are a local authority, developer or private investor.

We offer expert advice on:

  • regional plans and local development frameworks
  • planning applications and appeals
  • section 106 planning agreements
  • highways and public rights of way – closures, diversions and claimed routes
  • enforcement
  • High Court challenges
  • environmental and ecological habitat protection
  • listed buildings and conservation areas
  • building regulations
  • highways and other infrastructure agreements
  • highways and drainage law
  • judicial review and statutory appeals

Recent work highlights

Power plant expansion

Advising on the requirements of an environmental impact assessment, the meaning of the relevant regulations and SSSIs and the application of the EU Habitats Directive in connection with a development at a power station in the South East.

Large-scale developments

Negotiating complex section 106 agreements for large housing development sites including issues relating to highway improvements, local amenity facilities, green energy obligations, educational facility contributions, environmental protection and ecological measures.

Judicial review bid

Acting for a housing association in relation to the threat of an application for judicial review of planning permission for one of its developments. This included advising on the merits of the application and procedural matters affecting its timing.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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