Applying for planning permission to the Local Authority can be a stressful experience for both residential applicants and commercial developers.
Taking advice from a specialist firm of planning permission solicitors like Duncan Lewis can help ensure a planning application complies with current planning policy frameworks and local planning consents – increasing your chances that your planning application will be approved.
There may be restrictions on planning and development in a local area, such as developments in conservation areas and developments on green belt land.
For commercial planning applications, local authorities are also more likely to favour plans promoting the National Planning Policy Framework, which Duncan Lewis can advise on, including promoting equality and fairness in housing and sustainability.
Duncan Lewis can advise commercial developers on applying for planning permissions, including Section 106 Agreements relating to the provision of infrastructure to proposed developments – as well as Section 278 Agreements relating to public highways serving a proposed development.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on appeals against planning refusals and re-applications for planning permissions.
In cases where a planning application is refused or conditions are imposed – eg conditions relating to the provision of social housing in a development – it may be possible to challenge a local authority decision using Judicial Review.
Applications for Judicial Review have to be made within three months of a local authority decision.
Duncan Lewis can also advise commercial developers on the best course of action in cases where an enforcement notice for breach of planning control has been served under Section 172 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 or prosecution is threatened under Section 179 of the Act – as well as advising on appeals against stop notices and breach of condition notices.
Duncan Lewis can advise homeowners on making residential development planning applications – including advising on whether planning permission or a Certificate of Lawfulness would be required.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on planning issues relating to extensions and loft conversions, basement excavations, boundary and party wall disputes – and objections to a planning proposal by interested parties such as neighbours or local businesses.
In cases where an enforcement notice has been served under Section 172 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for breach of planning control, Duncan Lewis can advise on appealing the enforcement notice and any threatened prosecution under Section 179 of the Act – and can also advise on appealing stop notices and breach of condition notices.
In cases where planning permission has been refused, Duncan Lewis can also help with appealing a planning refusal – including applying retrospectively for planning permission.
Duncan Lewis has successful housing and property litigation departments able to advise on all property matters, including applying for planning permissions, appealing planning refusals and Judicial Review of planning decisions.
Duncan Lewis can appoint property experts to help in cases involving planning permissions and refusals – and will act swiftly to protect your interests, including providing legal representation at planning hearings and planning committee meetings, if required.
Duncan Lewis is usually able to offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) or a set fee for property matters – and also offers a set fee for the initial assessment of a case, so our clients know exactly what they will be paying.
For expert legal advice on Planning Permissions and Refusals, call Duncan Lewis Commercial Property Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.