Planning, Highways, and Environmental

With property prices still rising in many areas, property is an increasingly important asset both for businesses and individuals. For anyone considering diversifying or expanding their business, or carrying out any building or development works to their property or land, an understanding of planning is key.

Planning law and policy can be complicated, and with near constant changes to both national and local policies, it is important to keep up to date to maximise property potential and also to minimise the risks of liability under planning, environmental, and regulatory laws.

At Harrison Clark Rickerbys our specialist planning, highways, and environmental law team work with professional teams to deliver a range of projects, from large residential schemes and significant commercial schemes, to the restoration of historic buildings and provision of state-of-the-art sports facilities. We have also helped those faced with sites with development constraints, and those facing enforcement action, both in relation to alleged planning breaches and also environmental prosecutions.

Our clients include developers, promoters, and landowners, as well as Registered Providers of Affordable Housing, local authorities, and third parties with an interest in planning, such as local residents’ groups.  

We deal with all aspects of planning, highways, and environmental law including:

  • Strategic advice for securing viable planning consents;
  • Section 106 Obligations and advising on Community Infrastructure Levy;
  • Planning appeals,  judicial review proceedings and statutory challenges;
  • Highway works and adoption agreements (Section 38 and 278);
  • Diverting and extinguishing public rights of way, and stopping up highways;
  • Protecting land against acquisitions of public rights such as recreational village green rights and public rights of way;
  • Permitted Development Rights, change of use, and planning use classes;
  • Planning policy and Neighbourhood Development Plans;
  • Planning designations, such as listed buildings, conservation areas, tree preservation orders, assets of community value, protected species, and the green belt.
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation;
  • Enforcement notices and planning contravention notices;
  • Environmental liabilities on property or corporate acquisitions; and
  • Prosecutions arising from environmental, highways or planning issues.