Planning and Environment

Achieving the end game

What our planning team does

What they say

"Their lawyers are solid, have sound experience and demonstrate a can-do attitude."

Chambers and Partners UK 2022

What they say

"The department at DMH Stallard combines an exceptional understanding of planning law with down to earth sound advice and a robust approach to finding client solutions."

Legal 500 UK 2022

DMH Stallard’s unique multi-disciplinary team of planning lawyers, environmental lawyers and chartered town planners delivers one of the leading planning and environmental services in the South of England.

Our planning consultancy is one of the largest teams of chartered planning consultants within a law firm anywhere in England, and in its own right one of the main planning consultancies in the region.

Our team of specialist planning lawyers works alongside their consultancy colleagues or on a legal-only basis.  Both have earned a reputation for consistently delivering results on the most complex of matters.

Whether engaged individually or as part of a multi-disciplinary one-stop-shop approach, our team provide services across:

  • Planning consultancy: specialising in house building, waste and renewables, infrastructure, leisure, retail, education, heritage and listed buildings.

  • Planning law: advising on a range of issues including planning appeals and inquiries, applications and section 106 agreements, enforcement matters,  statutory challenges and judicial reviews.

  • Environmental law: advising on issues including contaminated land, crime and liability, environmental warranties and indemnities, insurance, climate change, carbon reduction and alternative energy.

  • Compulsory purchase: advising public and private sector clients on compulsory purchase and compensation issues.

  • Infrastructure & highways: specialising in rights of way issues and the provision of infrastructure in connection with development.

How our planning team works

For more than 25 years, our unique multi-disciplinary approach to providing advice on planning and the environment has proved a winning combination for developers, house builders, local authorities and landowners.

We have an excellent reputation for delivery of development projects and an exceptional understanding of the planning issues which face developers and house builders. Our work with local authorities is equally well regarded.

Local knowledge – an understanding of the region, the issues, the local authorities and the wider network of professionals operating in this field – is fundamental to our success. A detailed understanding of the regional planning landscape and its nuances is often the difference between failure and success.

But local doesn’t mean small.  We are routinely being engaged on sites as big as any in the UK.

Above all, our clients value our ability to drive through to successful planning and environmental outcomes – unblocking complicated developments, resolving disputes, identifying alternative scenarios and options, and never losing sight of the bigger picture on every site and every matter.

How we've helped

We have acted on behalf of Brighton & Hove Albion FC in relation to the development of the Americal Express Community stadium in Falmer, Brighton. This is a long-term and strategic client relationship who we continue to advise on all their planning needs regarding the Club’s stadium and training ground complex.


Key Contacts

Heidi Copland

Further reading

Net gain biodiversity consultation published by Government

Planning expert Daniel Frisby summarises the likely changes developers need to be aware of under the new regulations
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Changes to Use Classes Order upheld by Court of Appeal

Rights: Community Action group lose their appeal regarding the new permitted development rights which recently came into law. Jack Boyle and Chloe Karamian offer their thoughts on the final decision
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What is the potential effect of the Green Agenda on property disputes?

With a drive to reuse, recycle and and reduce carbon emissions, what role will the Green Agenda have in the settlement of future dilapidations claims
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What's in store for the Planning world in 2022?

Planning Partner Chloe Karamian makes her predictions regarding The Environment Act 2021, water neutrality and much more
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