Planning Applications and Objections
As all of the case studies demonstrate, failure to get the application strategy and documentation right can have extremely harmful consequences in terms of delay, unnecessary fees and loss of value, as well as the loss of the social and economic benefits that a development can deliver to the community.
Whether such failure results in refusal of a permission, unnecessary call-in or in a judicial challenge to the permission, the result for the project is likely to be expensive and it could be disastrous.
Taking care to avoid such problems is therefore a good strategy and it can ultimately be the most cost-effective and socially desirable approach.
The following case studies are just a few examples of cases where I have assisted in the detailed preparation or scrutiny of application documents for major schemes with a successful outcome:
- The London Olympic Bid planning applications
- The Brent Cross and Cricklewood Regeneration Scheme
- The Arsenal Stadium Regeneration Scheme
- The Swanwick Marina Redevelopment Project
Examples of the obverse situation, where I have acted for parties successfully opposing schemes, include:
- Indescon Court
- St Katharine Docks
There is a clear message from all of these projects - the project team needs to ensure that appropriate care is taken in preparing and presenting planning strategies and the application documents needed to implement them.
My approach to advising and acting for clients in this situation is characterised by this principle and so far it has been very successful.
Planning Applications and Objections Case Studies
Paul's contribution to the planning strategy for our Indescon Court site and in the negotiations with the Council and other parties, was crucial to our unlocking the site's optimum commercial value and its eventual disposal for substantial residential development.
Tim J Garnett, FRICS, Managing Director, Ogden Properties Limited
As a group of residents with very little experience in the world of planning, Paul guided us through the minefield of the appeal process against a harmful development proposal which, though apparently supported by the local planning officers, CABE and the GLA, would have blighted St Katharine Docks (adjacent to the World Heritage site of the Tower of London). It was no simple task but he managed it with diplomacy and a deft touch. Without him we would have had no chance in achieving such a successful outcome.
Paul Garwood: Chairman of City Quay Management Limited.