Planning and environmental solicitors
Within the commercial property team, we have dedicated planning and environment lawyers who support our traditional landowner and developer clients as well as other planning professionals. Our planning and environment solicitors provide practical solutions to planning law problems and have huge experience in all attendant infrastructure agreements (highways, sewerage, Section 106).
Legal advice to achieve planning permission
Our planning law solicitors in Brighton & Hove, Uckfield, Sevenoaks and Ashford specialise in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning. Our planning lawyers have a detailed understanding both of the emerging legislation and of Government policy, allowing them to negotiate effectively with local authorities to achieve successful outcomes to planning applications.
This includes negotiating infrastructure agreements and planning conditions pre-grant; helping to appeal refused applications; and advising on the restructuring of existing planning obligations either by deeds of variation or statutory challenge.
We also advise clients on planning objections and on planning enforcement issues. This includes routes and prospects of appeal as well as constructive responses and challenges to statutory notices.
Legal advice to satisfy environment issues
Our environment lawyers in Sussex and Kent bring unique insight and experience to planning matters which have an environmental angle. We work with landowners, developers and community groups on a wide range of environmental law issues including biodiversity, air and water regulations, EIA triggers and ES requirements, woodland protection and tree preservation orders.
Planning and environmental law expertise
- Planning application compliance and reviews of planning applications
- Legal advice on planning appeal prospects and planning inquiries
- Section 106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
Rix & Kay is a regional practice with notable development expertise and the ability to handle a variety of investment matters. Also equipped to advise on landlord and tenant issues. Works with a range of clients including banks, charities, developers and retailers. Noteworthy knowledge of real estate transactions in the agriculture, healthcare and hospitality sectors.
One client reports: “They are very good at keeping you informed within the market.”
David Ashton is ranked as a Notable Practitioner, “David is excellent to work with and very experienced and proactive. He provides clear, concise advice and takes a practical, commercial approach to advising clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2021
Rix & Kay’s client base stretches beyond the South East, with the firm advising on commercial property matters across the country. Examples of their work include advising commercial clients on leases, handling the financing and refinancing of properties, and assisting with property transactions. David Ashton has broad experience in the commercial property field. Richard Cripps specialises in advising developers on acquisitions, as well as working with landowners on the sale of land.