Retail and Leisure

Our Retail and Leisure Experience

We have a history of successful involvement in Retail and Leisure development and the various associated planning and environmental issues.

Some of our experiences include advising on:

  • Retail (including mixed use) Development
  • Planning Policy
  • Section 106 Agreements

The Retail and Leisure Market and clients

We have significant experience advising internationally recognised companies and organisations about EU and UK legislation and policy. 

Why our work is important

As leading planning lawyers, we understand the issues facing the industry and UK generally. Government Policy seeks to ensure the vitality of town centres including promoting competitive town centre environments and ensuring the growth of town centres over the coming years. Our work helps this goal to become a reality; we assist our retail developer clients in gaining all of the consents required for their retail and leisure developments. By assisting on a variety of developments, we ensure diversity and individuality in town centres in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.  

Case studies and contact details

To find out more about our retail and leisure development capabilities, telephone 01789 413 949 and speak to Paul Zyda, Principal (or email:  

Change of Use and Permitted Development
Land Acquisition
Commercial Advice
  • Recent changes to the General Permitted Development Order have relaxed planning controls in respect of certain types of development and have added new changes of use which have the benefit of permitted development rights. We have extensive knowledge of the General Permitted Development Order and have advised our clients about rights which are relevant to them. Our work has included producing a ‘Permitted Development Guide’ to enable our clients to understand when they may use certain permitted development rights to achieve planning consent for their proposals. 

  • Our commercial property experience extends beyond planning. We have assisted our clients in land acquisition deals either through purchase or leasing of land or through means of compulsory purchase..

    Our knowledge of planning and environmental law means we are uniquely placed to be able to understand the constraints of a particular site prior to acquisition by the client and therefore we are able to offer them commercial advice as to the suitability of the land in question.

  • We advise on the planning and environmental legal issues affecting retail and leisure development proposals.

    Retail and Leisure developers trust us to provide sound and commercially astute advice on planning and environmental matters affecting their proposals and how to form strategies to overcome challenges and promote their vision. 

    With our expertise in various sectors, particularly with nationally significant infrastructure projects, we are always mindful of developer's commercial requirements and aspirations.