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The complex world of planning is constantly evolving. It can be daunting when faced with its myriad of rules, regulations and restrictions; especially, when mistakes at any stage can jeopardise a project with costly results.

We’re here to help. When negotiating your way through the planning system feels overwhelming, you can rest assured our team of expert lawyers, chartered town planners and technicians will guide you with clarity and pragmatism.

We act for some of Britain’s biggest housebuilders, national retail and leisure chains, large country estates and leading public sector organisations, always delivering tailored advice and solutions.

From the identification of an opportunity, through to the implementation of a development, we provide a seamless service ready to tackle any situation along the way, supporting you to make the right decisions, whilst ensuring your planning requirements are fulfilled.

Our services
  • Applications
  • Appeals
  • Advocacy
  • Affordable Housing
  • Certificates of Lawful Use
  • Climate change
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Enforcement
  • Environmental Statements
  • Estate planning
  • Expert witness
  • Development plans
  • Development Consent Orders
  • Habitat Regulation Assessments
  • High Court challenges
  • Highway / Infrastructure queries
  • Judicial review
  • Land compensation issues
  • Listed buildings/enabling development
  • Mining code
  • Objections to applications
  • Permitted development
  • Regeneration
  • Rights of way
  • Section 106, 38, 278, 104 and other related agreements
  • Site appraisal
  • Strategy
  • Transport and Works Act Orders
  • Utility development
  • Village greens / Common Land
  • Wind farms and renewable energy

Contact a specialist

Robin Atkin

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3527

+44 (0)771 140 1075

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Kamran Hyder

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3532

+44 (0) 773 052 1967

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Frank Orr

Consultant l Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3515

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What people say

  • We have worked with the planning team at Ward Hadaway for many years and have been continually impressed with their friendly and knowledgeable attitude and approach and the ease with which they seem to readily understand what matters most to their clients and to look for and provide sound and pragmatic solutions.

    Vince Walsh, Karbon Homes
  • If you want the best legal advice on all planning and development related matters with the most attentive customer service, Ward Hadaway is the only law firm to contact, based on my 30 years of experience.

    Barry Spall, Northumberland Estates
  • Particularly highly regarded for representing house building clients. Also well versed in contentious planning matters, with notable experience on compulsory purchase issues.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Ward Hadaway’s planning group delivers an ‘exemplary service’, and has expertise across public sector, commercial and heritage matters.

    Chambers & Partners
  • The presence of chartered town planners and planning consultants alongside solicitors is seen as a real boon, as is the team's experience of acting for clients from the public and private sectors.

    Chambers & Partners
  • We have a great relationship with them - I'm genuinely very impressed with the department as a whole.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "‘Their quick response times make us feel we are their number-one client.’.”

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • They were very good at communicating and setting up the steps we needed to go through. We felt calm through the whole process.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Highly regarded planning specialists with significant experience in residential and mixed-use developments and an established reputation for contentious work. Clear expertise in village green and CPO matters.

    Chambers & Partners

What we're thinking

  • Planning law update – June 2021

    Welcome to Ward Hadaway's planning law update. The aim of our bite-sized bulletins is to keep you abreast of the 'hot' topics and key legal issues relevant to you.

  • Planning law update – December 2020

    Welcome to Ward Hadaway's planning law update. The aim of our bite-sized bulletins is to keep you abreast of the 'hot' topics and key legal issues relevant to you.

  • Planning law update – October 2020

    Welcome to Ward Hadaway's planning law update. The aim of our bite-sized bulletins is to keep you abreast of the 'hot' topics and key legal issues relevant to you.

  • Planning law update – July 2020

    Welcome to Ward Hadaway's planning law update. The aim of our bite-sized bulletins is to keep you abreast of the 'hot' topics and key legal issues relevant to you.

  • Planning law update – June 2020

    Welcome to Ward Hadaway's planning law update. The aim of our bite-sized bulletins is to keep you abreast of the 'hot' topics and key legal issues relevant to you.

  • Planning law update – March 2020

    Welcome to Ward Hadaway's planning law update. The aim of our bite-sized bulletins is to keep you abreast of the 'hot' topics and key legal issues relevant to you.