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Planning Law Update, What You Need To Know

Updated: Apr 23

Can a s106 obligation be altered by way of a s73 application? What's next for the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act?

In this month's planning update for local authorities, we delve into these two pressing topics and more that have been making waves in the planning world.

Contributed to by planning Partners, Stephanie Hall, Chrisa Tsompani and Nigel Hewitson, this update promises to be a valuable resource for those navigating the ever-evolving world of planning law and policy. Stay informed by viewing the update below.

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Chrisa is a planning and environmental law specialist with over 16 years’ experience. She is highly experienced in complex planning and environmental issues, having advised on planning and highway agreements, Biodiversity Net Gain, development control, enforcement, planning policy, s106 and s111 agreements as well as compulsory purchase orders.

Nigel Hewitson (Partner)

Nigel is an expert in planning law and listed buildings.  He co-wrote the leading authority textbook, “Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets” (6th Ed) and is a Member of the Legal Sub Panel for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He has advised on major planning projects including the Stonehenge/A303 Tunnel Public Inquiry and multiple public inquiries into tall buildings in London including The Shard. 

Stephanie Hall (Partner)

Stephanie is a specialist Planning Solicitor. She has been ranked in the Legal 500 both in 2023 and 2024, with clients describing her as ‘’practical, commercially minded, approachable and clear in her advice’’. Whilst working at Manchester City Council, she was twice recognised as one of the top 10 local authority planning lawyers in Planning Magazine’s annual survey.



Davitt Jones Bould is a national law firm that specialises entirely in real estate. The firm has offices in London, Manchester, and Birmingham ensuring truly national coverage.

The firm is renowned for its high quality legal work and service.

We only recruit experienced lawyers with excellent calibre. As a result, our legal team of around 70 lawyers have an average post-qualification experience that exceeds 25 years. Most have joined us from other City firms, in-house departments and/or senior roles. Our lawyers have advised some of the UK’s most significant land owners including Barclays Bank, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Rolls Royce, The Royal Parks, The Cabinet Office and The Crown Estate. This focus on quality only has led to a 50% male and female Partner rate. 

All of our clients are provided with a dedicated client care professional at no extra charge, which ensures that they receive the highest standard of service at all times.  

Davitt Jones Bould is regularly selected to advise on high profile projects such as the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games by The Royal Parks and the first Sukuk Bond to be entered into by a Western Government on behalf of HM Treasury. Based in London at The Shard and also Manchester, Birmingham and Taunton, we have a national presence.

The firm enjoys top tier rankings in all of the main directories, as well as receiving many awards.



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