Planning Awards Countdown: Planning law firm of the year, sponsored by RPS

With the Planning Awards only six weeks away, we take a closer look at one of the shortlisted entries in the planning law firm of the year category.

Hounslow High Street Quarter (pic Barratt Developments)
Hounslow High Street Quarter (pic Barratt Developments)

The London Borough of Hounslow wanted to create a new High Street Quarter. Dentons job was to bring together a team, and the land, to make it happen.

The scheme proposes 525 new homes around a public square, a multiplex cinema, 10,000 square metres of shops, and a 27-storey residential tower in the centre of Hounslow. One of Dentons’ first roles was to advise on the procurement process, which led to housebuilder Wilson Bowden’s selection as development partner, alongside Barratt London, and the drafting of a development agreement between the parties.

The firm continued to act for Hounslow throughout 2015 and 2016 as the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process got underway and the council assembled third-party land and rights, which were needed to deliver the project. Dentons prepared for and advised at the March 2016 CPO public inquiry, which resulted in the secretary of state approving the process in August last year. In the meantime, the firm also helped defeat a judicial review trying to overturn planning permission for the High Street Quarter project.

Since then, Dentons has continued to advise on implementation of the CPO, offering advice in areas such as viability, affordable housing, highways and road closure orders, and compromise agreements with owners and occupiers. Construction is due to begin in the coming weeks.                                            

Other shortlisted entries:

Norton Rose Fulbright advised London City Airport on its expansion plans, including overcoming London mayoral objections to the scheme, which prompted a 15-month appeal process involving two public inquiries.

Burges Salmon helped secure a development consent order (DCO) for a 100MW pumped storage hydroelectric scheme in Snowdonia – the first DCO for such a project - involving the re-use of two abandoned slate quarries. 

Herbert Smith Freehills acted for GLA Land and Property and the Silvertown Partnership on the redevelopment of East London’s Silvertown Quays, advising on the application and negotiating the section 106 process to secure permission for the 3,000-home scheme.

The Planning Awards, London, 21 June 6.30-9.30pm: why attend?

This year, the Planning Awards, incorporating place-making categories, will be presented at a ceremony at Savoy Place in the heart of London on Wednesday 21 June. The event will bring together a mix of leading public and private sector built environment professionals, offering networking and learning opportunities throughout the evening. It will showcase the projects, plans and people behind the most outstanding planning and place-making work across the UK.

Details of how to obtain tickets can be found here.

Details of the full Planning Awards shortlist can be found here.

*NOTE: This story was corrected at 10:45am on 16 May 2017 - an earlier version had included an incorrect version of the shortlist for this category

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