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Securing a valid and implementable planning permission for a proposed development free from the risk of challenge can be vital to achieving business goals for developers, landowners, occupiers and investors alike. The Davidson Chalmers Team can help.

On the other hand planning authorities and other public sector organisations need to ensure that their plans, decisions and actions in relation to development proposals and enforcement issues are legally compliant and frequently need to defend their decisions on appeal and in third party challenge cases.

Key expertise:
Development planning, including master planning.
Strategic and technical legal advice at all stages of the planning application process.
Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Negotiating, varying and removing planning conditions.
Negotiation of Section 75 agreements and unilateral undertakings and their modification and discharge.
Planning appeals, including public inquiries and hearings.
Judicial reviews and other third party challenges.
S36 and S37 Electricity Act consents.
Compulsory purchase and compensation.
Roads, drainage and other infrastructure consents and agreements.
Local authority powers and duties.
Provision of expert legal opinions.

The planning system in Scotland is complex and quite different in many respects from the systems operating in England and Wales. Its rules and regulations are also constantly changing.

The Davidson Chalmers Planning Team has experience of acting for clients in both the public and private sectors on every aspect of the planning system across Scotland, and on other consenting regimes such as listed building and conservation area consents. We keep a close eye on new and emerging issues and are always ready to advise on the full range of planning concerns.

We have experience working for a wide range of clients, including national retailers, house builders, student accommodation providers, hotel and other leisure developers, including cinema, public house and fast food operators, renewable energy developers and investors, urban regeneration bodies and local authorities.

Our dedicated planning team can also draw on the expertise of our wider commercial property, corporate and dispute resolution teams as well as our specialists in sectors such as environmental law to offer clients the most comprehensive advice.

Planning Experience in the Following Sectors:


The Davidson Chalmers team has extensive experience in dealing with residential developers and housebuilders. Not only do we have lawyers who are acknowledged leaders in their field who have been working in the housebuilding industry for most of their careers and understand the business of housebuilding, we also have expert lawyers in every area that may help you develop your plans from Planning & Environmental experts to Corporate and Real Estate expertise.

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Rural Business

At Davidson Chalmers we have a wealth of experience in helping rural businesses adapt to the pressures of today and the broad range of specialisms and sector knowledge within the firm are fundamental to this.

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Renewable Energy

Davidson Chalmers LLP is one of the most trusted names in the provision of renewable energy legal advice in Scotland. And when you’re operating in a sector as competitive and rapidly evolving as renewable energy you need lawyers who can deliver swift transactions, innovative solutions and prompt resolutions to complex disputes.

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