Planning Dispute Solicitors


When planning disputes arise, it is vital that you have an effective, early and successful resolution. We provide our commercial and private clients with swift, clear and commercial advice to tackle planning disputes head-on.

Our planning law solicitors advise a range of private organisations, developers, landowners and investors on all aspects of planning law, particularly where a dispute has arisen or where litigation is required.

Applying for planning permission to the Local Planning Authority can be a stressful experience for commercial developers and private clients. In support of a planning application, we advise on Section 106 Agreements, Highways Agreements and CIL, to help increase the chances of planning permission being granted and to avoid delays in the planning process.

Local Planning Authorities from time to time make unlawful decisions. We can challenge those erroneous decisions through the Courts, seeking to get them overturned. If you are unhappy with a planning decision made by your Local Planning Authority, we can advise you.

We also advise on a variety of planning enforcement matters, including enforcement investigations, the service of planning notices, and prosecutions brought by your Local Planning Authority.

Free Initial Discussion

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our commercial construction team will get back to you.

Our team regularly deals with and advises on:

  • Judicial Reviews and other High Court Challenges
  • Certificates of Lawful Development (CLDs)
  • Section 106 Planning Obligations
  • Section 278 Highways Agreements
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Protected Trees
  • Planning Enforcement Investigations & Prosecutions
  • Maladministration Complaints

Planning Agreements

Planning Agreements, such as Section 106 Agreements and Section 278 Highways Agreements, set out a variety of obligations and promises to the Local Planning Authority, which the landowner/developer (and their successors in title) are bound by.

As planning law solicitors, it is our role to ensure that your interests are protected when you enter into such agreements.

Commercial Planning Matters

There can be certain restrictions on planning and development, such as in conservation areas, on green belt land, where there is a restrictive planning condition in place or an Article 4 Direction in force. It is therefore important to understand what is, and what is not, allowed before engaging in the planning process or commencing any development.

For commercial development, typically a Local Planning Authority will require a Section 106 agreement, in particular in respect of affordable housing requirements and contributions towards local infrastructure. We can negotiate with the Local Planning Authority on your behalf. We also advise on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Refusal of planning permission can lead to delays and loss of profits. If planning permission is refused by your Local Planning Authority, and you have been unsuccessful in appealing the refusal to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), then we can advise as to a possible High Court challenge.

At Ridgemont, we advise commercial developers on what to do when a Local Planning Authority is threatening to take enforcement action or has served an enforcement notice, stop notice or a breach of condition notice. In some cases, there is the option to appeal such notices, which we can advise on. If you have already appealed an enforcement notice to PINS, and if the appeal was unsuccessful, we can advise you on a possible legal challenge in the High Court.

Why Choose us

We have been involved in a wide range of commercial and private planning disputes, many of which have involved niche and unusual points of law.

Our style is to be proactive and work with you and other advisers to achieve your objectives. Our depth and breadth of expertise enables us to add value by resolving disputes and facilitating the planning process.

We aim to work with you to help to deliver your projects successfully and efficiently and to resolve disputes as swiftly as possible. Whether you are looking for general advice or strong action, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you in the most effective way, with your commercial needs always in mind.

We are able to clearly explain the legal issues and provide you with expert advice in your specific circumstances.

How to Get in Contact

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on +44 (0) 203 909 9590 or email us at contactus@ridgemont.co and a member of our commercial construction team will get back to you.

We specialise in construction law, planning and real estate matters and have an excellent reputation across the country. We have offices in central London, but we are also able to assist you remotely, wherever you are based.