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Planning law and planning consultancy

Planning excellence trusted and procured by multiple sectors throughout the UK

About us

Our Planning team, based in Southampton and Winchester, consists of planning lawyers and planning consultants. We specialise in securing planning consents for a wide range of development projects for private sector and public sector clients throughout the UK.

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  • Appeals
  • Certificates of lawfulness
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Development management support for local authorities
  • Expert witness
  • Guest author for media and conference programmes
  • Initial advice and pre-application
  • Land promotion
  • Letters of objection
  • Local Plan support for individuals and local authorities
  • Monitoring of planning political landscape
  • Permitted development advice
  • Planning applications
  • Planning appraisals and strategic advice prior to investors bidding on sites
  • Planning appraisals and strategic advice following investors purchasing sites
  • Planning policy
  • Planning statements
  • Prior approval applications
  • Public engagement
  • Research 
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Training
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Our sectors include:

  • Charity
  • Commercial and industrial
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Equestrian
  • Flood defence
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Householder/home improvement
  • Hotels
  • Local Plans
  • Logistics
  • Minerals and waste
  • Mixed use and regeneration
  • Ports, harbours and marine
  • Renewables
  • Residential
  • Retirement and care
  • Rural
  • Sport and stadia
  • Student accommodation
  • Town centre and retail
  • Tourism and lesiure
  • Water and waste water
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Our experienced team of planning consultants and planning solicitors are proud to be trusted and procured by clients from a range of sectors throughout the UK.

We regularly interact with:

  • Architects
  • Banks
  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Education providers
  • Energy companies
  • Farmers
  • Homeowners
  • Housebuilders
  • Investors
  • Land owners
  • Local authorities
  • Media
  • Membership organisations
  • Objectors (individuals, campaign groups, community groups, groups of neighbours)
  • Property mentors
  • Property portfolio holders
  • Sewerage undertakers
  • Sports clubs
  • Utility companies
  • Water providers

If you have a project which you would like our assistance with, please email Peter Kershaw in the first instance.

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Published intelligence

National Conference Programmes

National Legal Journals

  • Be ever ready (answering key questions on battery storage) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal – May/June 2018
  • Power to the people  (outlining recent proposals addressing energy storage) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal – September/October 2017
  • Where the heart is (highlighting the need for investment planning to address the housing requirements of the disabled and elderly) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal – July/August 2017
  • Without a plan(ner) (Voicing growing concern at the lack of involvement of planning law expertise in the long-term strategies of universities and local authorities) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal 2017 – May/June 2017
  • Opening doors (Exploring measures to boost housing supply and improve planning performance) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal – March/April 2017
  • Brownfield bonanza (Identifying the key areas for public sector collaboration in maximising development and land disposal opportunities) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal November/December 2016
  • A public estate (Pinpointing the arrival of a new era for major development opportunities) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal March/April 2016 
  • The best-laid plans (Examining the continued devolution of planning powers) – Legalease Procurement and Outsourcing Journal Jan/Feb 2016


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If you are looking to develop land or property, or looking to ensure that the current or future use of your land or buildings complies with the latest planning regulations, it is crucial that you maintain an up to date awareness of planning legislation and how it is changing.

Paris Smith wants to see you, your family and your businesses succeed which is why our planning training is provided by our expert planning consultants who each have a wealth of experience in planning and in interacting with local authority development management and planning policy teams.

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Why not collaborate with us?

With the recent planning changes, ongoing BREXIT negotiations and economic uncertainty, there has never been a more important time to stay engaged with planning and politics.

Our planning experts are regularly asked to:

  • undertake bespoke planning research;
  • provide ongoing planning and political monitoring/intelligence; and
  • provide insightful commentary for magazines, newspapers, journals and conferences.

If you would like to enquire about commissioning our consultants to undertake bespoke projects, please do get in touch via Peter Kershaw.

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(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.)

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Southampton Contact

Janet May
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2336
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Meet the Team

Peter Kershaw
Planning Consultant

T: 023 8048 2162
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Jane Rarok
Senior Planning Consultant

T: 023 8048 2101
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Rob Sellen
Planning Consultant

T: 023 8048 2177
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