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Planning & Environmental

Making sure you have the right planning or environmental consents needs someone with commercial judgement and experience as well as an in-depth knowledge of the law.

Planning services

Our experienced planning team offers a broad range of services for developers, all focused on achieving implementable planning consents, as cost-effectively and quickly as possible. This includes:

  • Advising developers on planning submissions. This includes:
    • The packaging of the planning proposal in order to demonstrate compliance with UK and EU law (to include the Habitats Directive), as well as national and local planning policies;
    • The negotiation of planning and infrastructure agreements, including the provision of affordable housing and new roads;
    • Advising on of the impact of the Community Infrastructure Levy and ways to minimise the level of liability
    • Operating in a broad range of sectors, such as housebuilding, ports, care, retail and offices;
      • Acting for national developers such as McCarthy & Stone (the UK’s leading developer of retirement homes and apartments)
  • Planning litigation, for example:
    • Planning appeals (by way of public inquiry or hearing or by way of written representations);
    • Judicial review of and statutory challenges to planning decisions;
    • Advocacy in relation to planning-related crime – in particular defending planning, listed building or TPO-related enforcement action by local planning authorities.

Our experience covers everything from householder developments to complex arenas such as marine-related development and town centre redevelopment projects, giving you the reassurance that we have the expertise you need.

Environmental services

On the environmental side our expertise includes:

  • Environmental liabilities
  • Contaminated land remediation and development
  • Waste management
  • Defending prosecutions by the regulatory authorities

chambers and partners uk 2017

Chambers and Partners UK 2017 commented that the Planning Teams is an “Experienced team working with sizeable local and national clients in the residential, care, retail and ports sectors, among other areas. Equipped to advise on non-contentious planning matters, as well as appeals and judicial reviews.”

With our clients saying   “Lester Aldridge are very approachable, knowledgeable and happy to assist.”

the legal 500 uk

Legal 500 Leading Firm uk 2017
Lester Aldridge LLP’s ‘excellent’ team attracts praise for its ‘clear and concise advice’; it is ‘commercially minded, and appreciative of the need to respond in a timely manner’. The firm advises developers on planning proposals, infrastructure agreements and related negotiations along with planning appeals and judicial reviews, and is notably active in the housebuilding sector.
Drink-driving
Dec
2018

Whether it results from a mere miscalculation or an acceptance of just one more well-intentioned invitation to unwind with a drink, each year, many upstanding citizens inadvertently fall foul of the UK’s drink driving laws.  

Big-Sleep Charity
Nov
2018

A team of sixteen people from Lester Aldridge took part in The Big Sleep Easy on 17 November and raised over £6,500 for the YMCA charity in Bournemouth.

Planning & Environmental specialists

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