"They are a go-to firm for planning, the lawyers are more than happy to go into criminal as well as civil courts and planning is an area which needs both."

Planning Law for Community Action Groups

If a third party, a group or community faces threat from a proposed development or a recent grant of planning permission there are a number of ways you can seek to defend your interest. This inevitably involves navigating the complex Planning Law system. It is important in these situations that you seek practical and cost effective Planning Law advice as early in the process as possible.

Holmes & Hills has one of the leading teams of Planning Law solicitors in the country, as recognised by Planning Magazine, a leading industry publication for planning professionals. The Team is also recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as being a leading source of Planning Law advice in the South East and East Anglia respectively.

Holmes & Hills Solicitors advise third parties, community action groups and Parish Councils in opposing proposed developments, and on planning law issues such as:

The first step to getting advice

Call the Planning & Development Team on 01376 320456 and speak with one of our specialist Planning Law solicitors. You can explain the situation you face and a solicitor will be able to tell you how we can assist and what that would involve. There is no cost for this initial call.


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Key people

Steven Hopkins
Steven Hopkins

Partner and Head of Planning & Development Team
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sch@holmes-hills.co.uk

David Whipps
David Whipps

Consultant in Planning & Development Team
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dw@holmes-hills.co.uk

Jo Lilliott
Jo Lilliott

Senior Solicitor in Planning & Development Team
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jkl@holmes-hills.co.uk

Tom McPhie
Tom McPhie

Senior Solicitor in Planning & Development Team
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tsm@holmes-hills.co.uk

Michael Harman
Michael Harman

Partner in Planning & Development Team
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mjh@holmes-hills.co.uk


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