Town and Country Planning
Whether land is in the town or in the country, its value depends on how it is used. A landowner cannot always do as he or she wishes with their land. Since 1947 the Town and Country Planning Acts have given the State the power to give or refuse permission for most substantial change to land or its use. This national power over private land is exercised through local Councils who are the Planning Authority (the LPA). It is hard to imagine what our country would look like if Planning Law did not exist, and it does protect us from each other, so even if the law gets in your way it is generally there for a good reason. Knowing the law and the processes, or having a legal adviser who does, can make a huge difference to your chances of the system working in your favour.
We cover all the main areas of planning law
- Advice and representation for individuals or local groups
- Making planning applications and appeals
- Negotiation with the Planning Authority
- Enforcement of planning control and appeals
- Lawful development applications and appeals
- Public inquiries into planning and enforcement appeals
- Planning Agreements and Section 106
All the Partners at this Firm are privileged to live in the countryside and care very much about the towns, villages and countryside of Suffolk. We all have a keen sense of history and feel strongly about the need to preserve what is good, but also to allow changes for the better. Planning therefore fits very well into our offering of expert guidance and help, whether you are seeking permission to develop land or are passionate about resisting such a proposal.
How we can help you through the Planning system
Whether you are trying to get permission or trying to stop it, clear informed advice can be a great benefit and give you peace of mind. When the outcome is important to you – whether in terms of financial profit or detriment, the freedom to build, do business or enjoy your home or environment, you will want to give your case the best possible chances of success. Of course we have no magic wand, but we believe that the democratic decision-making process should give everyone the right to put their best case and argue for what they believe to be right.
The earlier you take advice, the better. We can advise on the relevant law, the system and what strategies will maximize your chances of success. We can put forward arguments in writing and in person, or assist you in doing so if you prefer. We know what will be most effective within the planning system. We will be as straightforward as possible about your chances of success and whether it is worth spending money on our fees.
When a matter is important to you it is worth paying for good, professional advice. We cannot always guarantee success but we can be sure to do our very best on your behalf.
For more information please contact Frances Barker at our Ipswich office on 01473 343911 or e-mail email@example.com