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Advising developers, landowners & local planning authorities on all legal aspects of town and country planning


We have considerable experience of advising developers, landowners and local planning authorities on all legal aspects of town and country planning. Our Planning team is comprised of solicitors coming not only from private practice but also from local government, giving us the ability to advise you on matters with a unique understanding from “both sides of the fence”.

Our work spans many different levels from advising large developers and publicly funded bodies on major residential and commercial redevelopments to personal and domestic planning issues. This broad range of expertise enables us to provide guidance through the often complicated planning regime, from initial consultations at early design and planning stages, to applications, the defence of enforcement actions and appeals.

A significant part of our work involves helping developers secure planning permission. We achieve this by advising on planning strategy, section 106 planning obligations and the impact of the Community Infrastructure Levy. We can carry out negotiations on behalf of our clients on section 106 and other statutory agreements required as part of a development including road adoption agreements under section 38 and section 278 of the Highways Act 1980, as well as agreements with utilities providers. We work closely with developers to help minimize expenditure from these requirements either directly through contributions or indirectly by ensuring the matter is dealt with in a timely manner.

We also act for local planning authorities, utilities providers and landowners on development control and other planning related matters. Our breadth of service, which includes residential development, commercial property, environment and construction, ensures that we deliver an outstanding level of expertise to our clients. For example Brachers’ Planning law team can advise on permitted development rights, agricultural occupancy conditions, certificates of lawful development, compulsory purchase, compensation and town and village greens.

Brachers also carries out a significant amount of planning litigation including appeals under section 78 against refusal of planning permission, appeals against enforcement notices under section 179 and High Court challenges to planning decision by local planning authorities and the secretary of state whether by way of judicial review or section 288 and section 289 challenges. We act for clients facing criminal proceedings arising under planning legislation, for example prosecutions for non compliance with enforcement notices or offences under the Listed Buildings Act.

News & Events

Brachers named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in national legal awards

Award win shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more


Brachers shortlisted for national legal award because of dedication to Kent market

Brachers has been shortlisted for the coveted Law Firm of the Year prize at this year’s national Halsbury’s Legal Awards. Award nomination shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more


Maidstone-based Watson Nevill solicitors joins Brachers

Brachers announces it has acquired Maidstone-based solicitors Watson Nevill, introducing new members across the commercial property and family teams. Read more


Brachers sponsors Kent Excellence in Business Awards

For the third successive year, Brachers has been searching for the best land-based business in Kent as part of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA). Read more


Five senior appointments at Brachers

Brachers has expanded its Private Client, Commercial Property and Commercial teams with five senior appointments. Read more


Brachers increases revenues and pre-tax profits in ‘extremely tough’ economic conditions

First featured in Insider Magazine and Kent Business, February 2015. Brachers watched revenues and pre-tax profits grow last year following an expansion into a new office and some high profile deals. Read more

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Recent Experience, Expertise & Articles

Future-Proofing: Brachers role in the growth and success of the Hadlow Group

Brachers was first retained in 1992 to support Hadlow College with effective credit management and equity release to help bolster its finances and footprint in the educational sector. Read more


Brexit: What do we know already about the impact on business?

Since the UK voted to leave the European Union after 43 years, organisations up and down the country have been looking for clear answers about the implications of Brexit for their business. Read more


Planning news - Reintroduction of exemption of small sites from affordable housing contributions

Lee May, Partner at Brachers and Mark Batchelor, Associate at planning consultancy Peacock and Smith Limited analyse the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council [2016] and the reintroduction of the small sites exemption from affordable housing contributions. Read more


The importance of public/private relationships in regeneration

Regeneration projects come in all shapes and sizes but a common theme is the need to bring together a successful partnership of the private and public sectors. Read more


Divorce and Commercial Litigation – an uncertain mix

The impending divorce of Mr Ruhan and Mrs Richardson-Ruhan not only reveals the complex nature of financial proceedings within divorce but more importantly raises the question of how matrimonial wealth is evaluated when a civil claim is ongoing against one party to the tune of £100m. Read more


Paramount Theme Park

The developers behind a planned £2 billion Paramount theme park are holding a series of consultation events at ten locations across Dartford and Gravesham in April and May. Read more

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