Planning and Regeneration

Expert, sensitive advice for local authorities on planning law – from small to major projects

For local authorities, it is crucial that planning law is followed throughout the process of reviewing proposals for new local developments and wider regeneration projects.

The consequences of error and omission can have serious political and financial implications, including leading to resource-draining appeals and judicial reviews. For this reason, local authorities depend on NWL Legal to provide specialist advice and oversight.

Our team’s experience covers drafting and negotiating s106 agreements, deeds of variation and s278 agreements. You can rely on us to provide robust advice on a variety of issues:

  • Highways including stopping up and diversion
  • Planning enforcement
  • Listed buildings
  • Conservation areas
  • Tree preservation orders
  • Certificates of lawful use
  • Appropriate use of planning conditions and obligations
  • Compulsory purchase orders

With in-depth knowledge of the planning appeals process, we have successfully defended appeals with written representations, public hearings and public inquiries.

In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, our team has the in-depth up-to-date knowledge to advise you with confidence in areas such as the National Planning Policy Framework, the National Planning Policy Guidance, local authority development plan policies and procedures, and neighbourhood planning matters.

To ensure that applications are decided in accordance with the council’s development plan as well as government guidance and legislation, our solicitors provide straightforward practical advice to officers and members of planning committees.

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