Development and regeneration

  • Advising Treasury Holdings UK on obtaining planning permission and listed building consent for its mixed use redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, a 40-acre development that has been critical to the transformation of the Nine Elms Opportunity Area. Advice given was on policy application and improvement, planning strategy, environmental impact assessment (EIA) (including cumulative impact), the structure of the application, consultation, other consents including those from the highway authority and Port of London Authority, interface with the Northern Line Extension, application documents (the DAS, Design Code and retail impact assessment) and planning conditions and obligations.
  • Acting for affordable housing specialist provider Places for People in the negotiation and drafting of a complex Section 75 Agreement with The City of Edinburgh Council regarding the delivery of a large city centre housing development involving mid-market rented units funded by means of the Scottish Government's National Housing Trust Initiative.E2
  • Advising Argent LLP on its £500 million office-led regeneration of Paradise Circus to provide 1.5m sq ft of new office space, new retail and leisure units and a hotel, including advising on a certificate of immunity from listing from the Secretary of State for the iconic Birmingham Central Library in the face of a recommendation by English Heritage that the building be listed. Our advice also included the drafting and negotiation of the complicated planning obligation and highways agreements and strategic advice on the EIA and planning application, including the timing of the development and its relationship to the delivery of city-wide infrastructure.
  • Advising the West Midlands Pension Fund at an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for an urban extension in the North East to provide 1,000 homes, a hotel and new commercial space, including advising on the planning obligation and EIA.E2

Energy and infrastructure

  • Advising Ineos Group in their successful application to the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th Onshore Licensing Round for 21 petroleum exploration and development licences, including drafting the section dealing with the UK regulatory framework.
  • Advising Highways England in respect of the promotion of a DCO for its largest scheme - the M4 Smart Motorway Scheme, a 52km linear project. Advising on all aspects of the project including EIA, compulsory acquisition, drafting of the DCO, protective provisions and interface agreements and representation at the hearings.

Compulsory purchase and compensation

  • Advising Cheshire West and Chester Council in connection with the major strategic town centre regeneration programme known as Chester Northgate. The scheme requires site assembly by CPO, planning and listed building consent and highway Stopping Up Orders in order to facilitate the construction of a significant range of new retail, including a department store, leisure offer including restaurants, cafes and a multi-screen cinema, and housing.
  • Advising Newham Council in relation to the Royal Albert Dock development including on CIL, restrictions on imposition of planning obligations and conditions, draft planning conditions and drafting and negotiating the planning agreement which focused heavily on affordable housing.E2
  • Representing the National Grid in relation to Transport for Greater Manchester's Transport and Works Act Order Application for the Trafford Park Tram Extension, including negotiating the protective provisions and interface agreement in connection with the crossing of a high pressure gas pipeline and other assets.

Litigation

  • Advising Hopkins Homes in the leading case of Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes and the Secretary of State on five-year land supply and the meaning of paragraph 49 of the NPPF. We appeared at the planning inquiry, successfully challenged the refusal of planning permission in the High Court and defended against Suffolk Coastal District Council’s appeal against that decision in the Court of Appeal. The Council’s final appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court in 2017.