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Led by principal associate Kee Evans, the 'responsive and knowledgeable' four-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'thorough and well-considered advice' to national and international clients across a range of planning issues including advice on section 106 agreements, section 16 common land consents and the Community Infrastructure Levy. Mirroring the firm's overarching strength in the energy sector, the team has significant experience advising on the planning issues associated with transactions within the renewables space; it was recently involved in reviewing the planning history associated with a site in Powys with which the firm had been instructed to advise on the financing of a 12-turbine wind farm. Transport is another area of specific expertise and Evans recently led a team which assisted Network Rail in securing an Order to allow for the demolition of a bridge between Cardiff Central and Newport station. Other clients include Aberystwyth University, SEGRO, Forestry Commission and Highways England.

The 'commercially-minded and well organised' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'fantastic level of service' across the gamut of non-contentious and contentious planning matters for private and public sector clients. The 'thorough and efficient' Charles Felgate has 'in-depth knowledge of planning law and has particular expertise on the subject of planning obligations'. Felgate excels in complex matters involving a contentious complexion and continues to represent the Welsh Ministers on the high-profile M4 corridor proposal- a matter which has generated substantial opposition and is currently undergoing a public inquiry as to its viability. 'Due to his substantial experience of commercial clients, Felgate is able to give public sector clients valuable insight into their likely litigation strategy', and this was recently underscored by successfully judicially reviewing a decision to list a former school in Wrexham, on behalf of its owner Wrexham County Borough Council. Huw Williams also has vast experience across a range of planning matters and 'excellent' senior associate Tomos Phillips provides a 'very reliable service' to public sector clients on planning matters. Other clients include Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Western Power Distribution.

Often working in conjunction with the firm's 'outstanding' real estate team in addition to handling discrete planing matters, Acuity Legal Limited provides a 'high-quality service' to an impressive roster of clients including Rightacres, Greenbank Partnerships and Associated British Ports. Steve Morris  regularly takes the lead on planning matters including his ongoing work for South Wales Land Developments on the sale of the portfolio it acquired from the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales. Recent work in this regard has included the negotiation with Cardiff Council and Redrow Homes of a complex section 106 Agreement for 1000 residential units in connection with the outline planning application on the site. Morris also recently provided planning advice to LifeCare Residencies in relation to the proposed development of a retirement community in West Hampstead, London on the site of an historic underground water reservoir. The 'proactive and approachable' Gareth Baker  has a 'good understanding of planning and how this impacts on commercial property and development'. Baker recently provided property and planning advice to global semiconductor company, IQE, on the historic deal to develop the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster in south Wales. The firm also continues to generate a significant amount of public sector mandates, in part due to its panel appointment on the National Procurement Service for Wales for planning and property matters.

Able to leverage expertise from across the firm's property, construction and litigation teams, Hugh James's multi-disciplinary planning and environment practice handles non-contentious and contentious matters for public and private sector clients including Bellway Homes, Cardiff University, Crown Estate and Natural Resources Wales. Peter Hurn  has significant planning expertise as part of his broad-ranging commercial property practice and continues to act for Welsh Water on their property and infrastructure portfolio for planning purposes. Hurn also recently advised Llanmoor Development on the planning issues pursuant to the development of more than 600 residential units and the provision of a new primary school in south Wales (notably the work included representing the client in a planning inquiry following a 'call-in' by the Welsh Ministers because of perceived flooding risks). Senior associate Shelley Ikram  is also recommended, particularly in relation to her advice on large-scale residential and commercial development schemes.

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    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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