“The service we have received has always been first rate and very efficient. The advice is sound and easy to understand and it is always easy to get hold of the team to talk over any issues. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”

Planning Law for Local Authorities

Holmes & Hills’ Planning & Development Team advise and represent 11 local authorities across Essex and Suffolk on a wide range of complex strategic, contentious and non-contentious planning law matters.

A leading source of Planning Law advice

Holmes & Hills Solicitors’ Planning & Development Team is listed as one of the top teams of specialist Planning Law advisors in the UK by Planning Magazine - a leading industry magazine. The team is also recognised as a leading source of Planning Law advice by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners - two directories of the country’s top law firms. Four members of the team - David Whipps, Steven Hopkins, Joanna Lilliott and Thomas McPhie - are all recognised individually as being experts in their field by the Legal 500.

The Planning & Development team advise and represent local planning authorities and assist their Planning Officers with a wide range of legal issues relating to planning and development including:

Planning Law Updates for the public sector

Holmes & Hills’ Planning & Development Team organises the largest series of Planning Law Seminars for the public and private sectors in the region. In 2015 over 300 planning officers, planning consultants, developers, architects and surveyors attended the series of 6 events across Essex and Suffolk.

See the Events page for details of upcoming events being organised by Holmes & Hills Solicitors.  

 

 

Work highlights

  • Drafted Deed of Variation which enabled the start of a development of 2300 dwellings and construction of a link road, this subsequently opened up an enterprise zone for the council.
  • Drafted a complex s106 agreement relating to a development on former agricultural land, providing for circa 370 new homes with a total of over £1.5 million contributions.
  • Advised on and drafted a s106 agreement providing for a contribution of approximately £900,000 towards education and the transfer of an historic wood to the Council; as well as affordable housing that will be transferred for free to the respective housing organisation.

Get in touch

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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