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Town planning is fundamental to creating high quality places. It plays a key role in achieving sustainable communities and a sustainable economy. Planning decisions impact on the lives of every person, every day.

Ranked Tier One, our Planning team comprises of specialist planning lawyers qualified in both Scotland and England.  With extensive public and private sector experience in all aspects of planning law, policy and practice, we can provide a one stop shop from project inception through to implementation.  We regularly advise on some of the largest and most controversial developments in the country, and have a broad range of clients from multinationals to individuals.

Our team is widely recognised for its expertise in major infrastructure and energy developments (particularly in the oil and gas and renewables sectors), housebuilding, retail, compulsory purchase and negotiation of planning obligations. 

We are regularly brought in as key members of the development team at the outset of a project, to provide tactical planning advice to clients and other professional advisers.

We advise on:

  • Strategic and local development plan process
  • Submission of planning applications
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment review
  • Planning and enforcement appeals and local reviews
  • Judicial reviews and challenges
  • Compulsory purchase (both acquiring authorities and landowners)
  • Compulsory compensation, including Lands Tribunal claims
  • Marine development, including marine licences
  • Negotiation of planning obligations and agreements
  • Influencing the national policy agenda
  • Roads, sewers and other infrastructure

Recent advice includes:

  • Total E & P UK – new gas terminal for Laggan Tormore, Shetland
  • Ecotricity – s36 application for 60 MW onshore windfarm
  • Elsick Development Company – new settlement of 4045 residential units, commercial, education and community facilities at   Chapelton, Aberdeenshire
  • Hammerson – retail development at Silverburn, Glasgow including successful legal challenge of Renfrewshire LDP
  • Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association – promotion of compulsory purchase orders for housing led regeneration
  • Christies of Scotland – Lands Tribunal claim for compensation in respect of Fochabers bypass
  • Port of Cromarty Firth – Phase 3 expansion of port and successful challenge to competing harbour order