If you are a property owner, you will probably have to deal with the planning system at some point, whether it’s for a home improvement, extension or larger-scale project.
Although the planning system is complicated, many smaller domestic projects, such as extensions or outbuildings, don’t require planning permission as they’re covered by rules on ‘permitted development’.
The rules are complicated and not always clear, however and wrongly assuming your project doesn’t need planning permission can cause expensive headaches. Potential enforcement action can be very stressful, time-consuming and costly, and may ultimately mean you have to abandon your development or have it removed.
Sound legal advice from professionals that know property and planning law inside out can ensure things do not reach this stage and that you can proceed with your project lawfully and without unexpected intervention.
Our specialist Planning team is praised by independent legal guides Chambers and The Legal 500, and has extensive experience guiding homeowners and landowners through the planning minefield. We are a trusted resource for dealing with the full range of matters, from advising farmers and landowners on diversification projects, to working with the tourism and retail sectors, to advising local councils on the Localism Act.
Even if you’ve been through the planning process and been unsuccessful, our team may still be able to help. We represent individuals regularly in planning appeals, and with local governments enjoying increasing autonomy, we can help keep you up to date and in line with the developments that may affect your plans – both in terms of restrictions and opportunities.
To get your planning application off to the perfect start, seek solid legal advice from our Planning team.