Planning & Environmental_

Planning and Environmental Legal Services _

The planning and environmental regimes in the UK are both complex and controversial. However, with planning and environmental concerns crucial to most commercial and property developments, at Beswicks Legal our planning solicitors guide you through the planning and environmental regimes quickly and efficiently.

With a pragmatic approach to complex issues in the built environment, we never lose sight of your commercial objectives. From housing developments to large-scale corporate and developer-led capital projects, our significant experience helps businesses and landowners cut through the red tape, whilst remaining legally compliant at all times.

Our planning and environmental solicitors can help you with:

We have successfully helped commercial and property developers, organisations and landowners on a broad range of planning and environmental matters. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, contact us today for advice tailored to your needs and situation.

Planning applications and appeals _

We have extensive experience providing advice and support to businesses and landowners on a variety of planning matters including planning applications and appeals. This includes strategic advice before a planning application is submitted and during the application process. With an in-depth knowledge of planning law and planning principles, we advise on any issues that may need to be addressed to ensure approval, and provide advice on how to deal with objectors.

If your planning application has been rejected, our specialist planning lawyers can help. With experience dealing with a broad range of planning appeals, we’ll guide you through the appeal process, drafting the necessary appeal documents and preparing detailed evidence and legal submissions. We’ll also establish why your application was rejected in the first place, making sure the reasons for refusal are addressed adequately in the subsequent appeal.

We also provide advice on High Court challenges and Judicial Review, planning obligations, enforcement by the council, listed buildings and village green applications in particular.

Environmental compliance_

Our lawyers provide advice on a range of environmental issues from compliance with environmental regulations to representations on prosecutions.

We have particular experience of dealing with issues under the Environmental Permitting Regulations and Waste management. Problems with contaminated land and pollution offences are often involved with development proposals. Statutory nuisance and advising on Environmental Impact Assessments are also covered.

High Speed Rail (HS2) legal and compensation advice _

High-Speed Rail (HS2) is one of the Government’s flagship large scale projects introducing high-speed rail to the UK Rail Network.

Phase 1 of the route between London and Birmingham has received Royal Assent in Parliament and work has commenced. Phase 2 of the route up to Manchester and Leeds will be progressed by further Hybrid Bills.

The Fradley to Crewe section Phase 2(a) is to be progressed by a quicker schedule and a Hybrid Bill has been submitted.

The routes for phase 1 and phase 2 of HS2 and its eventual construction will have a significant impact on landowners and businesses. In particular those whose land is needed for the construction of the rail projects, and those parties with land holdings adjacent or near to the proposed line.

We have extensive experience advising landowners and businesses affected by the HS2 project. We can advise on all property planning and compulsory purchase issues in relation to such a major infrastructure project. Advice can be given on the following issues:

  • Advising commercial organisations and property owners on the impact of the project, the relevant Compulsory Purchase powers (CPO) and tactical measures to ensure that compensation for land or property taken by the project is maximised.
  • Handling claims for clients under the Statutory Blight provisions, the Exceptional Hardship Scheme, the Express Purchase Scheme and other related compensation schemes proposed by Government.
  • The statutory procedures and mechanisms to make representations/objections to the Government’s Hybrid Bill.
  • Preparing petitions for clients and representing clients’ interests at any Select Committee hearings into the proposed Hybrid Bills.
  • Dealing with property transactions and transfers as a result of any compulsory purchase.
  • Negotiating and handling CPO claims or conditional agreements for clients with HS2 Limited, and preparing any relevant references to the Lands Tribunal and providing advice on legal issues in relation to compensation.

Compulsory purchase_

We provide advice and support to businesses affected by Compulsory Purchase Orders. We are used to helping to co-ordinate and mount objections to proposals on a range of grounds including legal, planning and environmental arguments; we can also advise and negotiate the amount of compensation to be claimed.

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