Planning and Land Development

At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, we recognise the significant opportunities available when promoting land through the planning system and developing land and property. We know that this is of particular relevance to those with large land holdings, or those with surplus land who are seeking to dispose for the best price achievable.

For the agricultural and rural sector, land and buildings are often a significant asset and for anyone considering diversifying or expanding their business or carrying out any building or development works, an understanding of planning is key.

Recent changes to the planning system (including the relaxation of rules relating to the conversion of former agricultural buildings into buildings for office and residential use) has resulted in greater opportunities for some. However 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 ensure the potential of property is maximised and also to minimise the risks of liability under planning, environmental, and regulatory laws.

We have extensive experience of acting for and advising land owners (particularly rural landowners and farmers) on the options available to them in relation to developing the land and buildings needed for their businesses, and the promotion of land through the planning process and ultimately the sale of land to developers. We are able to use that experience to guide our clients through the process of identifying opportunities, and seeing them through to fruition.

Our property development specialist lawyers also have significant experience of acting for landowners, house builders and developers on all aspects of the promotion, acquisition and development of land, and then the onward disposal or letting of completed buildings and developments. In particular, we have the experience knowledge and expertise to advise in connection with the following:-

  • The conditional and unconditional acquisition and disposal of development land;
  • Option agreements;
  • Land promotion agreements and strategic land deals;
  • Site setup and new build disposals;
  • The setting up of management companies; and
  • Joint venture agreements.

We also have a dedicated Planning, Highways, and Environment law team, who specialise in:-

  • Strategic advice for securing viable planning consents;
  • Section 106 Planning Obligation negotiation;
  • Protecting land against acquisitions of public rights such as village greens and public rights of way;
  • Change of use, permitted development rights, and planning use classes;
  • Planning designations, such as listed buildings, conservation areas, tree preservation orders, assets of community value, protected species, and the green belt;
  • Planning appeals, judicial reviews, and statutory challenges
  • Planning enforcement appeals and environmental prosecutions; and
  • Diverting and extinguishing public rights of way, and stopping up highways.