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Planning

Planning

About

The Hewitsons planning team has a depth of expertise that has been developed over many years. The comprehensive, personal approach of our specialist lawyers encompasses a full spectrum of activity. It ranges from advising in relation to proposals for the development of large housing-led developments through to commercial and agricultural land matters.

We act for landowners and developers, including speculative developers and end-users. Our advice ranges from planning applications and appeals to enforcement matters and High Court actions.

The planning team:

  • advise on the planning application and appeal process including Planning Performance Agreements and the Environmental Impact Assessment process
  • negotiate and draft section 106 and other development agreements
  • advise in relation to enforcement and the lawfulness of development
  • act in connection with appeals including written representations and hearings and appear as advocates at public inquiries
  • have experience in dealing with the diversion and stopping up of highways and rights of way in connection with development
  • deal with claims for town and village greens and for public rights of way
  • are experienced in advising in connection with legal challenges, including judicial review in connection with planning decisions, in the High  Court and beyond advising both claimants and affected developers and landowners on procedure and merits.
  • are experienced in objecting to planning applications on behalf of affected neighbours, both commercial and residential.

Key Contacts

Gemma Dudley - Legal Director

Gemma Dudley

Legal Director

+44 (0)1223 532747

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Meet the team

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“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
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“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
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“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
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"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
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"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
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“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
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"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
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"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
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Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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“Emma Bowman is very bright and capable"
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“The firm is excellent all round. The work is always to a very high standard and within deadlines. The lawyers understand developers’ needs and perspective and give well researched, practical, clear and insightful legal advice.”
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“Excellent in-depth knowledge of planning law and practice from a highly commercial firm.”
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“My experiences of Hewitsons is of an engaging and welcoming law firm that is always happy to assist. The planning team is highly professional and consistently provides prompt and well-considered advice. The advice provided is rarely ambiguous.”
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"Gemma Dudley provides excellent advice on all matters. She is an exceptional planning lawyer with impressive knowledge of legislation, case law and its implications.”
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“Gemma Dudley is quick to grasp the issues and always sees the bigger picture. First-class and always first choice. The best planning advice in Cambridge.”
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“Gemma Dudley has established working experience and relationships with equivalent local authority practitioners and the value of this cannot be under estimated when seeking to expedite a legal agreement with such parties.”

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