• Residential – Immediate Land

    Client Problem Our client wanted to re-develop a derelict wharf building and build a large residential development in London The site was in an urban residential area, adjacent to a large council estate and close to three local schools The client was very aware of their ‘good name’ and wanted to be a ‘good neighbour’ […]
  • Residential – Strategic Land

    Client Problem Our client owned a large site on the edge of a town but in a village setting on the South Coast.  Whilst the site was not formally allocated within the local plan, it was recognised as an area for future development The client had aspirations to achieve consent for approximately 300 homes, offices […]
  • Retail – Shopping Centre

    Client Problem The ‘jewel in the crown’ of our client’s new investment portfolio was an out-of-town shopping centre in the West Midlands Our client had ambitious plans to expand the shopping centre but national planning policy (sequential test) was against them In addition, the surrounding local authorities and local media were opposed fearing the impact […]
  • Retail – Edge of Town Centre

    Client Problem Our client owned a retail unit occupied by DIY store which went bust and the client was forced to review their asset.  The client had previously secured planning consent to sub-divide the unit when the operator flagged up trading difficulties.  By error, there was no restriction on the use class, leaving the way […]
  • Retail – Out of Town

    Client Problem Our client was a retail developer working in partnership with a hi-tech motorsports company They wished to secure planning consent for an out of town retail park in the Midlands on the site of the existing hi-tech motorsports company’s site and relocate the motorsports company to a nearby site, which also need planning […]
  • Mixed Use – Residential-led

    Client Problem Our client was proposing a mixed use development of over 750 homes, a district centre and a supermarket, in a notoriously difficult Scottish local authority.  The site had previously received outline consent for housing only, but four years and a recession had passed and much of the original approved scheme had to be […]
  • Mixed Use – Retail-led

    Client Problem Our client’s site comprised two large gas holders, a 1950s office building and approximately 15 old ground floor retail units at the less salubrious end of a town centre Terms had been agreed with a ‘big five’ supermarket for a new store alongside proposed restaurants, non-food retail, 150 residential units, new public open […]
  • Commercial – Offices

    Client Problem Our clients were some City of London businesses which were concerned over development proposals from a neighbouring business They believed the proposals as they stood would seriously damage the setting of their own premises The developer had done a land sale deal with the council, so there was considerable political support and momentum […]
  • Commercial – Logistics

    Client Problem Our client owned a large logistics depot in a picturesque location in the North.  Two of their largest clients needed 24 hours operation If the client could not secure a change to the operating hours condition of their original planning consent, their two largest clients would have been forced to move location, rendering […]
  • Minerals – Sand Quarry

    Client Problem Our client owned a silica sand quarry with a troubled planning history in a smart, rural area Having previously lost an extension application at committee despite an officers’ recommendation in favour, our client wanted to ensure they did not suffer the same fate again with a new application Despite a new minerals policy […]
  • Minerals – Aggregates/Cement Plant

    Client Problem The site our client owned were two adjacent long-term aggregates quarry and cement plants in the North They needed a considerable extension to their existing consent which would have a tortuous consent regime and need considerable public consultation Before they even started work on the application, and despite having considerable in-house PR resources […]
  • Health – Hospital

    Client Problem Our client had applied to build a private healthcare facility on part of a very contentious site, adjacent to the green belt and within the rural fringe, on which any previous applications for development had been refused The council leader, a member of the planning committee, and local councillors were known to oppose […]
  • Health – Clinic

    Client Problem We were contacted a fortnight before the planning committee were to decide upon our client’s application to build a small private healthcare facility The facility was proposed on a business park which was designated for employment The council had implemented a draconian ‘anti-lobbying’ code of conduct There was considerable opposition to the development […]
  • Education – Redevelopment

    Client Problem Our client was a joint venture between a very successful school and a well-known residential developer They wished to develop part of the school’s site for housing The proceeds from this deal were to be used to develop a new state-of-the-art school on the remaining school land Through a concerted NIMBY campaign by […]
  • Education – Tender

    Client Problem Our client had been selected by the Council as the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of an unused Council office. The client had aspirations to redevelop the site as a private school A neighbouring school had lost out to our client during the bidding process and launched a campaign seeking to have the […]
  • Energy – Wind Farm

    Client Problem Our client was a developer proposing a 100 MW, 70 turbine scheme in a remote community on agricultural land Officers were concerned about impacts on agricultural use and damage to local roads Opponents said the turbines would decrease property values, create harmful noise levels and ruin the landscape The only vocal supporters of […]
  • Waste – Energy from Waste

    Client Problem Our client, a major waste company with a site in an urban residential area, wanted to extend its waste site and change the technology and facilities on the site Though the site was allocated for waste use, the land for the extension was identified for office use only The local council, though supportive […]