Our team advises a range of private and public sector clients on a variety of planning issues. In particular, we advise property developers on the planning and compulsory purchase aspects of mixed-use schemes and large projects in London and elsewhere.

We continue to advise on commercial development schemes for our clients, such as Hammerson, Land Securities, Capital Shopping Centres, SEGRO, Westfield, Standard Life and Costco. We also advise numerous regeneration and development companies on applications, appeals and public inquiries. Other clients include South Kent College, for whom we are acting on a campus redevelopment and residential scheme at Ashford in Kent.

Compulsory purchase (CPO) and compensation issues are now at the forefront of regeneration as local authorities are increasingly willing to use their powers to deliver schemes with wider public benefits. We have worked on major compulsory purchase and compensation claims, acting for the developers at St David’s in Cardiff, for Land Securities and Capital Shopping Centres, Chobham Farm in Stratford, for Union Rail, Kings Cross, for London and Continental Railways, and at Bradford for Westfield.

In addition, public sector clients such as the London Boroughs of Barnet and Lambeth are increasingly using CPO powers in order to achieve the regeneration of outmoded housing estates. These involve agreements with housing associations and developers and the use of compulsory purchase powers to ensure that the development site can be delivered in accordance with the agreed programme.

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