Planning law

The Sharpe Pritchard planning law team advises on all aspects of planning, highway law and environment law, from major regeneration projects to providing advice on planning enforcement.

We are consistently rated highly in the Planning Magazine survey of leading planning solicitors.  

Our planning lawyers are experienced in drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements of varying complexity, advising on the community infrastructure levy, the National Planning Policy Framework, the national planning policy guidance, local plan policies, Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, listed building and conservation area issues, appropriate use of planning conditions, certificates of lawful use and development, and enforcement matters.

All our solicitors have experience of appearing as advocates at planning inquiries and as lead advisors at planning committees.

We act on behalf of a large number of local and public authorities and property owners and developers across the UK. As well as providing legal advice, our team is diligent in keeping clients abreast of the ever-changing landscape of planning, highways and environment law.

Our clients rely on our planning lawyers to advise and assist them on a full range of matters including:

We assist clients with general advice on planning policy, procedure and governance to ensure correct decision making is maintained, and if not to determine how best to resolve the issue.

The Sharpe Pritchard planning solicitors have a breadth of experience of dealing with important, major regeneration projects, working closely with our real estate team.

Recent work

  • Earls Court regeneration scheme;
  • Cambridge North West expansion (involving the University of Cambridge planning application) and Cambridge Southern Fringe sites;
  • Within the Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea (VNEB) area: Eastbury House, Hampton House, Vauxhall Square, Sainsbury’s Wandsworth Road and Albert Embankment.


What others say

The planning team at Sharpe Pritchard is “often sought out by local authorities seeking experienced advisers for urban extensions and redevelopment schemes.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"They have a thorough knowledge of their subject and, specifically, the particular needs of their local authority clients. They are approachable and responsive."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Brian Hurwitz "deals with all matters promptly and thoroughly and offers excellent service." 
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Denise Stephenson is a recognised practitioner.
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"Helpful, friendly and thorough." 
Chambers UK 2016.

The planning law team was ranked in tier 4, with partners Brian Hurwitz and Denise Stephenson described as “responsive and approachable” and having “a very good knowledge of the local authority perspective and way of working.
Legal 500 2016.

“Thank you very much for your help and support - it was not the easiest of section 106s (an understatement if there ever was one) but you were clearly on top of it and you made our lives that bit easier”
Head of Planning, London local authority.

“Well done! Section 106 completed in PPA timescale. Tremendous effort, thank you. Please pass on my thanks to rest of the team”
Joint borough planner, London local authority.

“Well done to the whole team… You have all worked very, very hard to get these done this week….that is a bumper crop of agreements by any standard”
Assistant borough planner, London local authority.

“I have very much enjoyed working with you and your colleagues and have always been satisfied with the service received”
Senior planner, rural local authority.

"Special thanks…for pulling out the stops in incredibly difficult circumstances.  It should be the developers thanking you too.  Fantastic service and achievement”
Planning team leader from London authority.

“…just want to say thank you for your help in getting this over the line.  Appreciate this was a very fast turnaround and your approach was extremely refreshing. … I keep my fingers crossed you are instructed next time”
The development executive of a leading housebuilder.


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