(Above is a testimonial from Rod Bransgrove, Chairman of The Ageas Bowl, talking to Lena Samuels, BBC Broadcaster, about the fantastic work of the planning team.)
As a team of Planning Lawyers and Planning Consultants advising in all aspects of planning law and planning consultancy we provide up to date advice and problem solving, integrity is key to our approach giving straight forward honest advice and delivering high quality work.
We have provided the planning advice on one of the most complex projects on the south coast, the development of the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire Cricket. This involved a complex planning application, sequential test, environmental impact assessment and us successfully advising on all planning aspects both legal and consultancy including taking the lead on political and public consultations both locally and regionally, leading to a successful grant of planning permission for the project.
We undertake planning consultancy work for water companies (Thames Water and Southern Water). Our work has included checking Permitted Development compliance, EIA screening work, submission of planning applications for both water treatment and sewerage treatment works (for example flood resilience schemes, First Time Sewerage Treatment Works, discharge of planning conditions and Section 106 / Section 278 work.) We have recently completed a project for Thames Water involving the confirmation of permitted development rights for over 80 of their water supply works and are currently working on a First Time Sewerage Scheme at Three Oaks in West Sussex on behalf of Southern Water.
Our team is able to represent clients on planning applications, planning appeals and Inquiries, Local Plan representations, Environmental Impact Assessments, Compulsory Purchase Orders, Community Infrastructure Levy, Highways Agreements, Section 106 agreements and Judicial review issues.
Hiring a chartered town planner – the benefits (the Royal Town Planning Institute says) “It is important to ensure you hire the right professional for the right project. Planning is not a protected profession. Anyone, from architects and surveyors to home improvement companies will claim to offer planning services. By hiring a chartered planning consultant you will receive the very best advice, ‘quality assured’ by the Royal Town Planning Institute, the professional body for planning.”
Planning consultants work with their clients, stakeholders and the Local Planning Authority involved in granting planning permission. Their knowledge and expertise will ensure your home improvement, project or business development gets the support it needs to gain the all important planning permission.
Having a planning lawyer involved in your project to work alongside the planning consultants ensures that clients secure planning permissions facilitating the delivery of projects, ensure that any representations are legally compliant in particular when addressing environmental impact assessment regulations. Working to ensure a structured strategic approach to include testing supporting information with planning applications to ensure that they are robust, legally compliant and if a planning application results in a planning Inquiry, reflects the best case possible evidentially to support a planning appeal. Planning lawyers advise on tactical approaches to avoid High Court challenges from third parties. Engage in complex negotiations, offer high level strategic and practical advice, establish the clients goals at the outset of a planning application and recommend and agree a clear strategy and action plan for achieving those goals.
Paris Smith LLP’s Planning and Planning Legal teams were honoured to be shortlisted at the prestigious national 2016 Planning and Placemaking Awards at Savoy Place, London in recognition of their ongoing 11 year involvement assisting Eastleigh Borough Council in relation to the multi-million pound Ageas Bowl project, ‘The Home of Hampshire Cricket Club’ and formerly the Rose Bowl.
The Awards run by Planning Magazine in conjunction with Planning Resource and Placemaking Resource highlights outstanding professional planning and placemaking work and rewards excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.
Our teams were shortlisted in the award category ‘Placemaking using public-sector owned land or property’ – with their project to establish a test match cricket stadium, associated luxury hotel and championship golf course having long-lasting community benefits and estimated to have created 500 jobs whilst pumping up to £55million a year into the South’s economy and helping to project the profile of Eastleigh and the wider South region onto a worldwide audience.
Our teams were involved in this visionary project from the very first pre-application discussions when working alongside Eastleigh Borough Council prior to 2006 by supporting and underpinning the project through every stage of its progression through the planning system. Throughout this time we have meticulously worked through every constraint that has threatened the delivery of the development by providing reliable and steadfast planning consultancy and planning law advice at all times included undertaking a detailed sequential test in relation to the hotel; as well as project managing the Environmental Impact Assessment.
We were very proud to be recognised when the four star Hilton hotel was officially opened on 6 July 2015 by acclaimed Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta Jones CBE to cap the project entering its final stage after ten years of hard work and diligence from all involved in the project.
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Ruth and her planning consultancy team have helped us secure numerous deals and planning permissions. She is great to work with, extremely knowledgeable, responsive and a natural problem-solver. I would thoroughly recommend Paris Smith’s Planning Consultancy Team. Thanks for all of your help Ruth!
- Louisa Nation
Wonder Developments Ltd
Ruth Harding, and her supporting team, have become a vital part of our business. She happily tolerates our layman’s knowledge of planning, and helps us to determine the right commercial approach. She is critical to our successes and a highly valued colleague. I am pleased that she has recently been given more resource to support her. Thank you Ruth!
- Mr J Lynch
Wessex Green Developments Ltd
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