Oliver Bussell


Oliver is a specialist in the ever-changing area of planning law.  He trained and practiced in the commercial sector, then worked in-house for Kent County Council.  So he has seen all the complexity of planning law from both sides of the table.


Oliver works in partnership with landowners, developers and investors helping them to implement strategic planning solutions that protect and enhance land and property assets. Throughout his time in practice, Oliver has also provided strategic planning advice to local authority in-house planning teams and to other public sector bodies.

Experience and approach

Oliver has a detailed understanding of the legal intricacies and politics surrounding the planning process.  He is a member of the Planning Law Consultation board for Practical Law.co.uk.

His unique experience gives him a detailed understanding of the planning framework that allows him to outline a clear roadmap for his clients, from preparing a planning application all the way through to appeals and final determination.

His approach focuses on appraising his clients’ negotiating positions to enable them to achieve successful planning applications that are robust and stress-free.

Planning expertise

  • Strategic planning applications, appeals, inquiries and tribunals
  • Planning controls, s106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Highways law and development regulation
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Planning due diligence before property acquisitions
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Opposing development proposals

What Oliver’s clients say

“Oliver’s diligent, personable and responsive manner, combined with the precision and value of his professional advice, underpinned our success at a Public Inquiry into a major commercial development scheme in Kent. He came highly recommended and confidently exceeded all expectations”.

“Oliver’s planning law expertise guided us round some potential pitfalls, resulting in a certificate of lawfulness over our rural property.  Throughout the process we found him attentive to the detail within the bigger picture and always very approachable”.

“I have to say that I am very satisfied with the way my case was handled. Whilst the original timescales were very challenging I do believe that every effort was made to meet them. I also particularly appreciate the speed and clarity with which I was informed of the progress and status and how the matters were handled.”

Oliver’s work

Advising a private developer on planning inquiry and s106 agreement

Oliver advised a major landowner who was seeking planning consent on appeal following refusal by a District Council. Oliver negotiated with the District and County Councils and brought a multi million pound section 106 agreement (including affordable housing) to the ongoing planning inquiry.  The proposals were consented following completion of the section 106 agreement.

Strategic s106 programme for London Borough of Redbridge

Oliver worked in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge’s in-house legal team to support the first ever implementation of Community Infrastructure Levy in England. Oliver project-managed and completed a large volume of s106 agreements within a very short time frame which ensured that Redbridge’s position as consenting authority was protected.