Planning Law

What our planning department does

DMH Stallard’s planning and environmental lawyers have earned an outstanding reputation for consistently delivering results on the most complex of matters.

Praised for our excellent understanding of local authority planning and our user-friendly, approachable attitude, we are consistently ranked by the leading legal directories as a ‘top firm’ in this field.

We provide specialist advice to our clients in all aspects of planning and development law, working on a legal-only basis or in close co-ordination with our chartered town planners to add value to clients as we guide them through the complexities of the planning system.

What they say

"DMH Stallard’s lawyers and planning consultants have provided consistent, expert advice and guidance for nearly 15 years through numerous planning applications, two public inquiries, and a high court challenge to secure permission for a new home for Brighton & Hove Albion. DMH Stallard continue to assist the Club in further planning applications to increase the capacity of the stadium and also in applications for a new training facility in Lancing, West Sussex."

Legal 500

Our specialist expertise includes:

  • Planning/enforcement appeals and inquiries
  • Prosecutions for all types of planning, listed building and other related regulatory offences
  • Applications, appeals and judicial review claims in the High Court and beyond
  • Drafting and negotiation of complex section 106 planning obligations
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Lawful development certificates
  • Listed buildings and heritage
  • Registration of town and village greens and rights of way

How our planning department works

Our team of planning lawyers have a wealth of combined experience and acts for a range of public and private sector organisations and individuals.

We can advise on both contentious and non-contentious planning issues, and have particular experience and knowledge of the house building, waste and renewables, leisure, utilities, property investment, retail and financial sectors.

Our local knowledge, born of 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.

This detailed understanding of the regional planning landscape and its nuances is often the difference between failure and success.

Above all, our clients value our ability to drive through to successful planning 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.

Click to read more about our full range of planning and environmental services.

How we've helped

We represented Newhaven Port & Properties Limited (NPP) in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court for which judgement was given in February 2015. The appeal was against the decision of East Sussex County Council to register an area of sandy beach within the harbour as a village green. This is a landmark decision which has been much reported and has implication for public landowning bodies in England.

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