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One of the few practices in Wales to have a dedicated planning team, Eversheds LLP provides a ‘first-class service’ to clients including Taylor Wimpey, Annington and EDF Energy Renewables. Senior associate and team head Jo Waddington regularly assists clients on Section 106 obligations and Environmental Impact Assessments. On the contentious front, Marcus Trinick QC has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ within the renewables sector, where he is noted as ‘the industry’s most experienced advocate’, particularly in relation to wind farm appeals. Senior associate Kee Evans is also recommended.

Led by Charles Felgate, Geldards LLP has a strong reputation advising on the planning aspects of major infrastructure projects. Felgate recently successfully defended a judicial review by Friends of the Earth against the decision of the Welsh Ministers to adopt a plan for the M4 corridor around Newport. Huw Williams also handles planning issues as part of his broader public law practice.

Hugh James’ multidisciplinary group draws on lawyers from the firm’s construction, energy and projects teams to handle transactional, regulatory and litigation work for clients including Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Natural Resources Wales. Associate Shelley Ikram heads the firm’s planning team and has a strong reputation advising on large-scale residential and commercial development schemes.

Leveraging its strong real estate and commercial litigation capability, Acuity Legal Limited’s cross-disciplinary group is regularly engaged to advise on the planning aspects of major infrastructure, housing and regeneration schemes. Team head Steve Morris is advising the developers of the Cardiff International Ice Arena and adjoining Cardiff Pointe residential development, a matter which has entailed considerable planning and environmental considerations (including three Section 106 agreements). The firm was also appointed to the National Procurement Service’s panel for public sector planning and environment work in south Wales.

Darwin Gray LLP regularly handles planning aspects out of its broader commercial real estate offering. Donald Gray is advising ABA Holdings on the redevelopment of a Grade II listed warehouse on Porthcawl harbour, which due to its location involved considerable environmental and planning considerations.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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