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Browne Jacobson LLP is well known for acting for public sector clients. Laura Hughes and Richard Barlow, who head the practice, advised the Blaby District Council planning authority with the planning process (including an environmental impact assessment) concerning the redevelopment of the Everards brewery. Hughes also assisted Canterbury City Council with drafting and negotiating a Section 106 agreement concerning a 4,000-home mixed-use development, while Barlow advised the London Borough of Enfield on the planning obligations of a major regeneration and mixed-use development project. Other work included representing Aldergate Properties in judicial review proceedings challenging a local authority’s planning decision and advising Morrisons on extraction from a contract on the basis of breach of planning clauses.

Freeths LLP assists private and public sector clients with matters arising from residential and commercial development planning. Land promotion, planning applications, Section 106 agreements, judicial review proceedings and enforcement issues form a significant part of the group’s workload. Practice head Christopher Waumsley is advising Haddon Property Developments with the planning aspects of the appealed 900-unit residential development in East Cheshire, and Paul Brailsford is assisting Bela Partnership with planning matters related to a mixed-use development project, such as implementing modifications to the master plan and advising on planning permission conditions. Other work included drafting legal agreements for infrastructure projects for Milton Keynes Council and assisting Hodgsons Gate Development with promoting a greenfield site for housing development.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for landowners, developers and local planning authorities in contentious and non-contentious matters. Work highlights saw practice head John Edmond advising Gladman Developments on the promotion of its Garden Village project in Melton Mowbray and Abigail Walters, who joined from Buckles Solicitors LLP, assisting the National Grid Gas Distribution with protective measures over the gas distribution assets when affected by third-party land acquisition proposals. Paul Hunt is advising William Davis and Persimmon Homes North Midlands on the joint outline planning permission application for a residential project of up to 3,200 dwellings. Jelson, Westleigh Partnerships and Linhurst Consortium are also clients.

Gateley Plc’s practice is renowned for its expertise in the residential housing sector; Robert Waite assisted Miller Homes with a Sector 106 agreement for a mixed-use development project and advised the lead developer and part-owner of a development site on a public-private partnership agreement. The group is also drafting planning conditions for resolving a mine water issue on an approved housing site and acting for Bloor Homes in filing for a community infrastructure levy exemption. BGW Trading, Bellway Homes, Bovis Homes, Crest Nicholson and Taylor Wimpey are also clients.

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