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What is involved?

Commercial development projects involve a wide range of planning issues. We understand that you want to get on with things quickly and will navigate you through the process in the most commercially effective way.

Our Planners, Planning and Environmental lawyers can help you with planning applications, Local Plans and appeals, major development projects and urban renewal, and compulsory purchase and compensation. From listed buildings to affordable housing, our experienced and pragmatic Planners and solicitors have got it covered.

You can also trust us for expert advice on highways law (including road closures and diversions), Section 106 and related planning and infrastructure agreements, and negotiations with planning authorities.

We regularly work with commercial property owners, investors and developers including house builders, numerous housing associations, as well as local authorities and other public sector bodies.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our commercially-minded team includes specialist planning lawyers and chartered town planners
  • We have extensive local government and private sector experience, giving us in-depth knowledge
  • You will benefit from ongoing advice and recommendations about complicated changes in the law
  • We can help with enforcement issues such as breach of condition/stop notices or related appeals

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Planning and related environmental issues are often highly complex, and this is where our holistic approach really comes into its own. You can rely on our expert team take a 360° view of your development proposal. We can assist you with minerals and waste issues, contaminated land liabilities or conservation areas.

Our Retail team is also on hand to assist with Retail Impact Assessment and retail and leisure schemes.

There will undoubtedly be a long list of issues to deal with along the way, from national and local planning policies to environmental impact and sustainability. Our practical, commercially-minded service is designed to take on as many or as few of those as you want, expertly and cost efficiently. Call our Planning team now to see how we can help you.

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Key contacts

Paul Brailsford

Paul Brailsford
Partner, National Head of Planning & Environment

0345 050 3676

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Meet the team

Planning Lawyers


Mitchell Ball

Mitchell Ball
Partner

0345 077 9675

Paul Brailsford

Paul Brailsford
Partner

0345 050 3676

Robert Bruce
Partner

0345 128 6958

Mark Harris

Mark Harris
Partner

0345 404 4102

Alison Ogley

Alison Ogley
Partner

0345 030 5859

Mark Bassett
Director

0345 030 5748

Ben Derrington

Ben Derrington
Director

0345 030 5855

Louise Burnett

Louise Burnett
Managing Associate

0345 050 3674

Jennifer Roe

Jennifer Roe
Managing Associate

0345 404 1735

Polly Wisner

Polly Wisner
Managing Associate

0345 050 3682

Rachel Clack
Senior Associate

0345 272 5720

Planning

Emma Conwell
Senior Associate

0345 073 8396

Beth Evans

Beth Evans
Senior Associate

0345 166 6281

Stephanie Gozney

Stephanie Gozney
Senior Associate

0345 166 6293

Daniel Hyde

Daniel Hyde
Senior Associate

0345 050 3250

Liz Young

Liz Young
Senior Associate

0345 050 3677

David Bowes
Associate

0345 030 5729

Edward Peel
Associate

0345 030 5824

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Testimonials

"The team are helpful, knowledgeable, and proactive regarding all planning matters. They have the ability to review and understand planning policies and work with councils to obtain planning approvals whilst co-ordinating a full team of consultants to support the planning process. I tend to use Freeths on more complex planning applications."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"They stand out because they engage with the client in more detail and more than anyone else I know. It is very important to build a relationship with the client and engage long enough to fully understand the issues."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"The Freeths planning team is well led, conscientious, and goes the extra mile for their clients."

(The Legal 500, 2023)

"The planning team is really effective and efficient. Always well organised and well prepared – with a real commercial focus."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Direct and clear advice in an informal and formal manner as necessary. Approachable and friendly, but professional and courteous. Able to quickly understand complex situations and to provide appropriate advice in a timely manner and to budget."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Good all-round knowledge of planning law. Also, provided detailed yet easy to understand response, which allows us to make a decision with all the information."

(The Legal 500, 2022)

"Very good knowledge of planning law and practice mixed with a very sound commercial approach to solving client problems."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"A close-knit team that works well over differing geographical locations. A wide range of services are on offer and they complement their other teams well, such as real estate and construction."

(The Legal 500, 2021)

"They are attentive and understand our business," reports a client.

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

One source says: "They've got a strong property practice and a significant planning team." A client highlights the team's "excellent quality of work," adding "They have a can-do attitude and a responsive approach towards the client's needs."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

Notable Work
  • Advised Hallam Land in relation to several greenfield strategic housing sites successfully obtaining planning permission with and without appeals over recent years.
  • Provided advice to Barret Homes in respect of development in a Conservation Area involving substantial demolition and heritage impact issues.
  • Advised Commercial Development Projects (part of the Marshall group of companies) and Fitzwilliam Trust Corporation in respect 4 development sites in Malton, North Yorkshire 300 new homes, the relocation of the town’s livestock market and creation of a new Agricultural Business Centre and Business Park comprising circa. 25,000 sq m of new employment space. The Planning team coordinated a multi-disciplinary team in the preparation and submission of the various planning applications including a complex Environmental Impact Assessment, led negotiations with statutory consultees and drafted the Section 106 Agreement.
  • Secured planning permission for a new food store on a controversial greenfield site in Malmesbury, Wiltshire which was located outside of the town, adjacent to listed buildings and within the Conservation Area, advising on retail planning and Environmental Impact Assessment issues; strategy and third party objectors.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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