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About: Planning and Development Risk

Winckworth Sherwood’s Planning team has an impressive client following. We are arguably the number one choice for the UK’s major residential developers, (especially those engaged in schemes in London and the South East such as the Berkeley Group, Redrow, Barratt London, Essential Living, London Square and in the North West for clients such as Peel Holdings). As well as residential development we act for commercial developers and end users including Bicester Retail Village, General Motors and BMW among others.

We advise on all aspects of planning law, policy, strategy and risk management. We have particular expertise in relation to the negotiation and drafting of complex s106 and s278 agreements, affordable housing, viability, CIL, tall buildings, office to residential permitted development rights, urban extensions, town centre schemes and waterside projects. We have an exceptionally high rate of success on appeals (75% plus) compared with the national average of around 35%, but pride ourselves on generally being able to help clients to secure permission at local level.

We also act for numerous housing association developers including Genesis, L&Q, Notting Hill and Catalyst.


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Head of Planning, Partner, Manchester

Tel: +44 (0)161 638 0940

Colette McCormack

Head of Planning, Partner, Manchester

Tel: +44 (0)161 638 0940

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Latest Case

Nine Elms Project

With more than 20 inter-connected development schemes in the wider Nine Elms project (which includes the Nine Elms Opportunity Area), it is the largest single regeneration programme in London for a generation.

We are advising on all the major projects such as Battersea Power Station and the Northern Line Extension including strategic planning issues, public information and reporting issues, interface with statutory consultees, housing, retail and heritage matters, statutory agreements and bonds, funding agreements and security issues.

The framework includes:

  • 18,000 plus new homes
  • 25,000 new jobs
  • New educational facilities
  • Exciting new parks and public spaces
  • A new town centre around Battersea power station
  • A new US embassy
  • A new Dutch embassy
  • A new Chinese embassy
  • A re-invigorated New Covent Garden Market and
  • The £800m extension to Northern Line


Our advice to London Borough of Wandsworth for the iconic Battersea Power Station included:

  • Dealing with re-planning/re-phasing matters post sale
  • Advice on statutory agreements including the highly sensitive arrangements for demolition and replacement of the iconic chimneys, affordable housing, major financial contributions and security arrangements in relation to the obligations
  • Advising officers on committee reporting, s.106 agreements and conditioning

It is estimated that the combined cost for the schemes in the project will exceed £15bn.