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Planning law

Our lawyers are expert in challenging Local Planning Authorities and the decisions of the Secretary of State and the Planning Inspectorate in the High Court.  We also advise clients at all stages of the planning process, related decisions by public authorities and in relation to wider policy issues.
 
We assist individuals, local residents’ associations, environmental NGOs, Parish Council’s and small businesses in navigating the planning process. 
 
Leigh Day have been at the forefront of the movement to ensure that access to justice is not prohibitively expensive and can provide detailed advice on the costs and risks of litigating planning cases, including the availability of costs capping orders.

£600 Fixed Fee

Whatever your planning problem, we offer an initial advice service for a fixed fee of £500 plus VAT.    An experienced planning solicitor will review your case and provide you with an initial consultation to advise on your case, your options, procedure and costs.
 
We have close working relationships with many of the top planning barristers in the country and as a consequence are able offer very competitive rates for their expert advice, should it be required.
 
In appropriate cases may offer fixed and discounted fee arrangements to represent you in your case.
 
We are also able to offer competitive rates for advice and representation at other stages of the planning process including:
 
  • Advice for applicants and objectors in respect of pending planning applications
  • Written submissions to Local Planning Authorities
  • Appeals to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Representation at Planning Inquiries, hearings and examinations
 
We also have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency and are able to advise on the availability of Legal Aid in appropriate types of cases.  To check whether you might be financially eligible for Legal Aid you can visit the Legal Aid Agency’s eligibility calculator online.

Time limits

If you are considering a challenge to a planning decision then it is very important that you contact us as soon as possible.  The time limits for challenging decisions taken under the planning acts are very tight – 6 weeks from the date of the decision.
 
It is likely to take some time to investigate and prepare a challenge so it is very important that you contact lawyers at the earliest opportunity if you are considering a challenge.

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