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Walker Morris LLP

Planning

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What the team is known for

Regional presence offering a full range of planning services. Frequently advises house builders on residential and mixed-use development and strategic land issues. Offers extensive expertise in contentious planning matters, including public inquiries. Regularly handles compulsory purchase order matters.

Strengths

One source notes: "They are responsive, commercially aware and good to work with."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of Persimmon Homes to defend a High Court challenge brought by Craven District Council against a successful appeal that granted planning permission for 100 homes in Skipton.

Notable practitioners

Alison Ogley often represents clients from the housing and energy sectors in planning appeals and judicial reviews. She also advises on promotion matters.
"She offers strong strategic advice."

Andrew Williamson offers longstanding expertise in the planning field, advising clients on planning permission applications and appeals concerning residential developments, including garden villages and holiday homes.
"He is very thorough and gets to the heart of issues directly."

Chris Slater offers particular strength in Section 106 agreements, while also advising on the Community Infrastructure Levy and compulsory purchase orders.

Richard Sagar acts for house builders on development consent orders, compulsory purchase order matters and Section 106 agreements. He also represents clients in judicial reviews and appeals.

Robert Moore assists house builders with planning applications for residential and mixed-use developments.

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Overview

Excellent client service, superb technical ability and invaluable practical experience: key qualities which define the Planning & Environment Team.

Between them, the Team has dealt with around 30 planning appeals in the last two years, dealing with varied sectors such as waste/renewables, motorway services, residential, and retail schemes. Working regularly at the coal face places the team in a unique position to understand and effectively address the ever changing challenges of the planning system.

In both planning and environment law, the Team has the ability to manage cases from ‘cradle to grave’ providing an effective ‘one stop shop’ for strategic advice and advocacy services and is recognised for its formidable advocacy skills. Undertaking our own advocacy at Public Inquiries is a key skill which strengthens the depth of our expertise and sets us aside from other teams of planning lawyers.

The Team has real strength of numbers to help co-ordinate planning applications and deal with contentious matters at the Planning Appeal or Call-In stage including our own Chartered Town Planning Team who provide key services on the preparation, submission and negotiation of planning applications on a diverse range of development projects.

Our involvement in CPO and Lands Tribunal matters (including advocacy at both) and Judicial Review, including  significant Court of Appeal successes provides a complete skill set for all aspects of work.

Planning

Walker Morris LLP

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Location

33 Wellington Street

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

LS1 4DL

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Yorkshire

Planning


Alison Ogley
Band 2
Andrew Williamson
Senior Statespeople
Chris Slater
Band 2
Richard Sagar
Band 1
Robert Moore
Star Associates