Getting Planning Permission

When you have plans to develop your land, you may be eager to start building as quickly as possible. You might also be apprehensive about securing the necessary planning permission in the first place. This vital consent from the local authority will ensure your development isn’t put on hold or stopped all together. With an ever-evolving planning system, this area of law is increasingly complex, which is why legal advice can make your application process much easier.

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Comprehensive planning support

You may be in the initial stages of seeking permission and need advice on potential contentious issues. Perhaps you are concerned that your plans could pose risks to the environment or you could have had your application declined and need guidance on how to proceed with your next submission. Or further down the line, you may need to secure infrastructure and highway agreements, or your finished build could come under planning scrutiny.

With in-depth knowledge of the complex local and national regulation surrounding the planning system, our legal experts can guide you through any obstructions in your development proposals. Working collaboratively with planning consultants, land agents and architects, we will suggest practical recommendations based on your commercial objectives. Thanks to our transparent fee structure, you will always be clear on costs.


Our Planning Team has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in this area. Highlights include:

  • advising an international retailer taking a lease of The Shard
  • settling a section 106 agreement in relation to a mixed-use development of 230 residential units and up to 465 square metres of retail/leisure space in West Wales
  • providing due diligence for a portfolio of London properties to a client acquiring an interest through a joint venture valued at £30m
  • advising a developer on planning matters arising from a completed seven-storey, mixed-use development in London valued in excess of £10m in order to avoid enforcement action
  • successful judicial review of a Certificate of Lawfulness for a business park in Wiltshire and costs award (R (on the application of Freedman) v Wiltshire Council [2014] EWHC 211 (Admin))
  • successful statutory review of an Inspector’s appeal decision in the High Court with costs award and subsequent grant of a Certificate of Lawfulness on the redetermination of the appeal
  • settling a bespoke section 106 agreement to enable the grant of planning permission for a quarry extension in excess of 3m tonne


  • advising on Planning Contravention Notices, Breach of Condition Notices and Stop Notices
  • advocacy – Public Inquiries, Hearings, Magistrates’ Court
  • appeals against enforcement notices
  • appeals against the refusal/non-determination of planning applications
  • assets of community value, Local Green Space Designations and Town and Village Greens
  • certificates of lawfulness applications
  • community Infrastructure Levy
  • compulsory purchase
  • defending planning prosecutions
  • EIA development
  • High Court challenges – statutory review and judicial review
  • listed buildings consent, heritage assets and conservation areas
  • permitted development rights and prior approval regime
  • planning and environment due diligence in property transactions
  • planning objections
  • Section 106 agreements and infrastructure agreements
  • waste and renewable energy, including wind, hydroelectricity and AD


Alex Madden attracts praise from both peers and clients for his planning work. An impressed interviewee says: ‘He is a real master of his trade in planning law. He is definitely prepared to go the extra mile for clients.

Chambers and Partners 2016