The planning system impacts on local authorities and public bodies in a variety of ways. Furthermore the field is one of continuous change and evolution as policies and the design of the planning system responds to economic and political pressures. In addition, devolution means that the planning system in Wales will develop in ways that will create over the coming years a markedly different system to that in England.

Local authorities, as the local planning authorities are the lynchpin of the plan-making and development control systems. Our experienced specialist planning and environment team acts for several local authorities, including those who outsource their planning legal work entirely as well as those who seek our assistance on a case by case basis where additional resources or specialist expertise is called for.

However, public bodies and local authorities themselves also promote development either directly or in partnership with the private sector. We have considerable experience of such work for such bodies in both England and Wales and our team works with partners at all stages of development to highlight sensitive issues, define risks and liabilities and to make sure everyone knows exactly where they stand.

A complex development is likely to require advisers who are knowledgeable about related subjects, such as highways, rights of way, infrastructure agreements, compulsory purchase and compensation and enforcement.

Of particular note is our expertise in advising on compulsory purchase and compensation, including making CPO’s for acquiring authorities, advising on objections and handling compensation claims, including references to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Geldards comes highly recommended by clients in both the private and public sector and has for many years this team has been ranked as “Top Tier” by legal directories. We have developed a deep understanding, proven track record and expert resource to handle all the issues surrounding modern planning, environment and compulsory purchase procedures.

We can help you with advice on:

  • Compulsory purchase & compensation
  • Development Plans
  • Planning applications
  • Environmental Statements
  • Planning Applications
  • Planning appeals and High Court Challenges
  • Enforcement
  • Highways
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation


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Tiffany Cloynes


Partner, Derby

+44(0)1332 378 302


Bethan Lloyd


Partner, Cardiff

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