The planning process can be complex, time-consuming and a legal minefield for business and the private client – and the financial implications for those affected can be critical.
Our planning and public law practice is led by Matt Gilks. Matt has over a decade of experience across the full spectrum of planning and public work in the City, as well as in the country.
Stephen Bowden is a Consultant Solicitor and former Partner. Stephen enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of his experience, negotiating skills, advice and specialist advocacy.
We are regularly instructed by objectors at major planning inquiries, as well as advising on and conducting Judicial Reviews. We were recently instructed in one of Hampshire’s major Planning Compulsory Purchase Orders relating to Silver Hill, Winchester. We also have a great range of experience dealing with the complex issues arising from the development of Listed Buildings, together with projects that may impact protected habitats and the environment. In public law, the team have advised on the law of markets, environmental issues, licensing, freedom of information, highways and traffic law.
The planning practice works closely with Town & Country Planning consultants, architects, highway engineers, acoustic engineers and other specialists. This means our clients have access to the best technical advice, with the right team assembled for any circumstance. We deal with matters arising all over the South of England, including Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset and Devon. Working from our offices in Hampshire and Dorset, or working with you at your office or home, we apply a practical and hands on approach to planning and public law to find the best solution.
Areas of expertise include
- Planning authorities, controls & legislation
- Development & applying for planning permission
- The planning process & planning issues
- Local Plans
- Specialist advocacy
- Technical issues & expert evidence
- Dealing with objections & negotiating planning agreements
- Appeals & Judicial reviews
- Planning breaches & enforcement
We work closely with a variety of regional and national planning consultants, surveyors, architects and other professional experts in order to successfully deliver your projects.