We provide expert planning advice to private and public sector clients
Our team advises a range of private and public sector clients on a variety of planning issues. In particular, we advise property developers on the planning and compulsory purchase aspects of mixed use schemes and large projects in London and elsewhere.
We continue to advise on commercial development schemes for our clients, such as Hammerson, Land Securities, Capital Shopping Centres, SEGRO, Westfield, Standard Life and Costco. We also advise numerous regeneration and development companies on applications, appeals and public inquiries. Other clients include South Kent College, for whom we are acting on a campus redevelopment and residential scheme at Ashford in Kent.
Compulsory purchase (CPO) and compensation issues are now at the forefront of regeneration as local authorities are increasingly willing to use their powers to deliver schemes with wider public benefits. We have worked on major compulsory purchase and compensation claims, acting for the developers at St. David’s in Cardiff, for Land Securities and Capital Shopping Centres, Chobham Farm in Stratford, for Union Rail, Kings Cross, for London and Continental Railways, and at Bradford for Westfield. In addition, public sector clients such as the London Boroughs of Barnet and Lambeth are increasingly using CPO powers in order to achieve the regeneration of outmoded housing estates. These involve agreements with housing associations and developers and the use of compulsory purchase powers to ensure that the development site can be delivered in accordance with the agreed programme.
Now that the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill and Environmental Statement has been published, what should you do next on HS2?
The High Speed 2 (HS2) Bill London – West Midlands (the Bill) had its first reading in Parliament on Monday 25 November 2013. It was accompanied by an environmental statement (ES) and supporting documentation that amounts to approximately 50,000 pages.
To understand the full effects of HS2 on your land and interests on a temporary and permanent basis it will be necessary to review this documentation. Even if land is not being taken, the construction impacts could be severe.
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Affordable housing planning reform - where will it all end up?
In this briefing, we consider recent changes in planning legislation relating to affordable housing. View full briefing
Health and Safety newsletter (31 October 2013)
HEADLINES: The compensation culture: the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 to the rescue? Employing young people – a health and safety perspective; Fee for Intervention View full briefing
CIL: more changes on the way!
The consultation on further reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) closed in May 2013. The Government has now published its response to the consultation. View full briefing
High Speed 2: The proposed property compensation scheme
On 12 September 2013 the Government announced the latest consultation on the proposed compensation scheme for properties affected by the High Speed 2 rail network (HS2). View full briefing