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Tom is located at:

Southampton Office
Alleyn House
Carlton Crescent
SO15 2EU
DX: 96882


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Tom Alder of Lester Aldridge LLP is a new entrant to the table and concentrates on advising house builder clients on their planning issues. “He is knowledgeable, approachable and efficient,” says a source, continuing: “He always provides advice and documentation in a timely manner.Close quote
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'Tom Alder and Lucy Stevens provide a high quality service while remaining friendly and maintaining a strong team-wide work ethic'.Close quote
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'Lester Aldridge LLP's planning department is led by housebuilding specialist Tom Alder.'Close quote

Tom is an experienced planning lawyer who deals with a wide range of planning issues, both contentious and non-contentious, on behalf of developer clients, acting on a national basis for a number. Tom’s key focus is the house-building sector (both market and retirement sector), advising in respect of residential or residential led mixed-use schemes. He also has considerable experience in contentious planning work, representing clients in planning appeals and High Court legal challenges.

Additionally, Tom is responsible for a niche practice advising ports and marinas in respect of operational agreements and statutory consents.

Recent examples of work or case studies:

  • Advising a consortium of leading retirement housebuilders in respect of a High Court challenge to the lawfulness of Mayor of London’s supplementary planning guidance dealing with affordable housing provision.
  • Advising in respect of residential development of 500 homes, including a local centre and a substantial area of SANG
  • Advising in respect of several substantial (900 – 1000 unit) estate regeneration schemes in London
  • Advising a harbour authority as to the extent of its permitted development rights in order to deliver a substantial number of new moorings without the need for a planning application

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