Our top-ranked team advise on all aspects of planning throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
Whether it’s a complex city centre site or a large tract of rural land, clients rely on our expertise and detailed technical knowledge to help successfully navigate their way through what has become a highly complex process. With a team of dedicated planning lawyers, comprising five partners and ten other lawyers, we are at the forefront of strategic development and are regularly appointed to give specialist advice on a wide range of planning issues including:
public inquiries, hearings and examinations;
strategic planning advice;
planning permissions and agreements; and
compulsory purchase and compensation.
We partner with clients on all aspects of their projects, helping them to navigate highly technical issues to deliver commercially sound solutions in line with agreed strategies.
Our approach to service delivery is what sets us apart. In every project we focus exclusively on our clients’ needs and key objectives, helping them to anticipate problems and identify solutions to ensure smooth delivery of multi-faceted complex developments.
We are a practice with unparalleled expertise in large-scale energy projects across the UK. We have advised on a number of section 36 applications in Scotland and DCO applications in England and Wales and we have a high success rate of securing consents following public inquiries and examinations.
We are also widely viewed as the ‘go-to’ firm for planning advice on strategic residential developments in Scotland, representing Taylor Wimpey, Miller Homes, Barratt David Wilson Homes, Mactaggart and Mickel and Persimmon.
Our retail experience is also second to none: we advise British Land on all of their Scottish projects and recently advised Savills IM on the acquisition of a number of retail parks. We also represented City of Edinburgh Council in relation to the redevelopment of St James Centre (St James Quarter) in Edinburgh.
Advising on introduction of new regulatory regime for Short Term Letting in Scotland.
MACTAGGART AND MICKEL HOMES
Represented the client and others in a successful judicial review of Scottish Ministers decision to amend Scottish Planning Policy and publish new Advice on housing land supply methodology.
CROSSWIND DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
Advising on the recalled appeal against refusal of planning permission for substantial mixed use development on former second runway at Edinburgh Airport.
COUL LINKS LIMITED
Supporting the construction of an 18-hole golf course near Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands within 800 acres of coastal land.
GET LIVING GROUP (GLASGOW LTD)
Advising on the proposed ‘build to rent’ and student accommodation scheme at High Street, Glasgow, comprising over 700 units.
THE ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL PRESERVATION TRUST
Advised the Trust throughout the planning process to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Royal High School in Edinburgh to create a new campus for St Mary’s Music School.
Advised Moda in securing planning permission (summer of 2018) for a ‘build to rent’ development in Glasgow City Centre.
INNOGY RENEWABLES UK LTD
Advised on the implementation of planning permission for Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm.
MORAY OFFSHORE WINDFARM (EAST AND WEST) LTD
Continuing to act as sole legal advisers on the planning, environment and property aspects of EDP Renewables’ offshore wind developments in the Moray Firth – Moray East and Moray West.