Planning and Development Solicitors
Planning and development projects can be heavily complex, and so it’s essential to access strategic guidance and advice early on, helping you to comply with the law and prevent any delays or obstacles.
Our planning law solicitors at Rollits have much experience supporting developers, we understand the types of problems your projects may face, and can offer bespoke advice so everything runs as smoothly as possible.
At Rollits, our planning team includes specialists who work collaboratively with lawyers from other disciplines, allowing us to support your projects from start to finish. Our unrivalled comprehensive and coordinated service ensures that your legal requirements are always met.
Our planning solicitors can offer full support with planning law matters, to include:
- Planning applications
- Planning appeals
- Public inquiries
- Planning and infrastructure agreements
- Negotiations with planning authorities
- Enforcement of planning control
- Development plan representations
- Compulsory purchase
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Get in touch with our planning law solicitors in Hull and York today
To discuss your planning law requirements, please get in touch. From our offices in both Hull and York, we support clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Our expertise in planning law
At Rollits we can provide legal assistance and representation through the entire planning procedure, starting with the primary council negotiations, obtaining permission, and addressing any objections.
Different local authorities tend to have slightly varied application processes. Usually, you’ll need to complete a planning application form, and send this to the relevant LPA, as well as documentation to support your application.
There are different types of planning consent, including consent for conservation areas, full planning, or householder planning consent.
Our planning permission solicitors at Rollits can guide you through the procedure, as well as offering support with:
- Site appraisals and development
- Support with third-party objections
- Helping you to present your case at committees
- Guidance on conservation areas and listed buildings
Development appraisals involve properties and their development options, whether these are vacant lots, abandoned sites, or other suitable land sites. The idea is to assess site value, and to understand their growth and development potential, weighing these against any developmental risks.
Areas covered in a development appraisal include reviewing the condition of the property, the site, and the state of the market. If you’re undergoing a development appraisal for your project, we can offer guidance, particularly where an appraisal has highlighted issues that may compromise success.
If you’ve been denied planning permission for a project, our solicitors can support you to submit a planning appeal.
We can support you to access your right of appeal under many circumstances, including:
- Your planning application has been denied
- You’ve been granted planning permission; however, the local planning authority will only grant permission under certain conditions
- You believe that the reason for refusal does not align with the local authority’s development or policy rules
- The application has not been determined by the local authority within the set timeframe (generally 8 weeks)
A public inquiry refers to the examination of a planning application, conducted by a planning inspector.
Public inquiries serve to give members of the public the chance to voice their opinions on local policies or applications. For example, objecting or supporting a project. If your planning and development project is subject to public inquiry, our specialist planning law solicitors can assist you to defend your case.
A planning agreement refers to a document that outlines planning obligations, these agreements are usually between planning authorities and landowners. Planning agreements may take the form of ‘Section 106 Agreements’ or ‘Unilateral Undertakings’, these obligations can cover different areas, including:
- Limitations of the use of or development of land
- Requirements to conduct certain activities or operations on the land
- Subjected to certain financial contributions
When approaching a new development project, builders and or developers must ensure that they have clear infrastructure agreements in place. Such agreements are used to provide services for the project site, for instance, electricity and gas. The agreement may also cover any roads that will need to be adopted as part of the project.
For advice on infrastructure agreements, and all other planning law matters, please get in touch.
As part of the planning and development process, you’ll need to negotiate with local planning authorities, gaining permission for your project to go ahead, and establishing the specifics and terms.
Our specialist team at Rollits have supported developers on both small projects and large. We can help clients to enter into negotiations, progressing through the necessary steps to project success.
We have a breath of experience in negotiations and will always ensure all of your concerns are addressed promptly, ensuring that you know where you stand.
Development plan representations provide developers and landowners the chance to make sure that local planning policies match their goals.
Our planning solicitors can provide you with an first-rate service, ensuring that your best interests are addressed in terms of the development planning process. We’ll ensure that you are well prepared for the procedures, offering detailed answers to your questions at every stage.
According to property development and planning laws, projects may be subjected to planning enforcement where they are viewed to have breached planning control.
A breach of planning control means that a development has taken place without the planning permission required. Either this, or that the development has failed to comply with one or more planning permission conditions.
If your project has been subjected to planning enforcement action, for whatever reason, our planning law solicitors can offer specialist planning law advice. We can represent you and guide you towards the most favourable outcome possible.
Compulsory purchase refers to a legal process whereby certain authorities can acquire land without first gaining the landowner’s consent. Compulsory purchase is used to assist public interest projects related to infrastructure, regeneration, or development. Such projects are executed to facilitate environmental, social, and economic improvements.
Our solicitors can provide compulsory purchase legal advice to both acquiring authorities and to landowners.
Why choose our planning law solicitors?
Our firm has built up a fantastic reputation in the legal and property development sectors, which we owe to the dedicated and highly accredited solicitors in our teams.
We always take the time to understand our clients, developing long-term professional relationships that add as much authentic value as possible.
Our law firm has over 180 years of legal experience. When you choose us, you’ll access our wealth of knowledge in planning law, as well as the commercial and legal sectors. We always offer bespoke advice, communicating in a straightforward manner, without legal jargon that may confuse our clients.
Our planning law solicitors’ fees
At Rollits we offer competitively priced fees for planning and development legal support. Our pricing depends on the legal matter you need help with, as well as the expertise and support level required.
Clients with fairly simple requirements may be eligible for fixed fees and those with more complex needs are likely to be offered an hourly rate for general on-going advice..
However, we only offer legal advice on a fee paid basis, we do not offer any free initial advice, Legal Aid or handle matters on a No Win, No Fee basis.
To discuss your fees today, please get in touch with our solicitors specialising in planning law using the contact details below.
Get in touch with our planning law solicitors in York and Hull today
To discuss your planning law requirements, please get in touch. From our offices in both Hull and York, we support clients in the region and the North, as well as across the rest of the UK.