Blandy & Blandy Solicitors

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Planning & Environmental Law Solicitors

One of the largest teams of dedicated planning & Environmental law solicitors in Reading and the Thames Valley, Planning magazine has ranked us among the top 25 planning law firms nationally. We pride ourselves on providing an unrivalled service in these specialist areas, approaching often complex and strategically important projects with flair and imagination.

Land and property are often among the greatest assets of any individual or business. Maximising potential, while minimising any liability and retaining flexibility, is key. Keeping ahead of changes impacting upon planning, infrastructure and environmental matters is essential in order to achieve this.

We advise in relation to development sites ranging in size from under ten properties to more than 2,000 homes, with associated infrastructure and amenities, we provide an end to end service for both landowners and property developers. We are also regularly instructed by clients including, charities, education providers, property investors, financiers, businesses of all shapes and sizes and private individuals on a wide range of planning and environmental matters.

Clients benefit from our established relationships and experience in working with other professional advisers and from our detailed understanding of the region.  The team have also acted for and worked within local authorities, so we have a firm insight into how they operate and make decisions.

We continue to advise in relation to some of the most strategically important projects in the region, having been involved in high profile sites such as Green Park, M4 Junction 11, Reading Station, Thames Valley Science Park, Didcot and Shinfield Strategic Development housing locations and major mixed use developments across the region.

As well as placing us among the UK's top 15 Planning law firms, Planning magazine’s 2020 Planning Law Survey has acknowledged partner and team head Karen Jones as one of the top 10 planning law solicitors in the UK. We are also highly recommended in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Blandy & Blandy LLP was named ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2017 Thames Valley Property Awards, and as a finalist again in 2018, when partner Simon Dimmick received the 'Outstanding Contribution' award.

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What We Can Help You With

  • Certificates of Lawfulness and Permitted Development Rights
  • Commercial property
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)
  • Development land & its potential
  • Deeds of release & variation
  • Enforcement appeals & prosecutions
  • Environmental issues
  • Highways & rights of way
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Judicial review & High Court challenges
  • Listed buildings & conservation areas
  • Planning applications, appeals & objections
  • Planning obligations & agreements
  • Property disputes
  • Residential property
  • Strategic planning advice
  • Town & Village Greens
  • Tree preservation orders
  • Venue licensing
  • Waste & minerals

Our Planning & Environmental Law Solicitors

For expert legal advice call our Planning & Environmental Law team
Reading 0118 951 6800 or Henley-on-Thames 01491 572 323

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Partner, Planning & Environmental Law

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Kayleigh Chapman

Kayleigh Chapman

Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

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Why Choose Us?


We are ranked among the UK's top 20 Planning Law firms and widely acknowledged as one of the Thames Valley’s leading firms of solicitors advising on Planning & Environmental law matters, with conveniently located offices in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and London.


Listening carefully to our clients’ needs and aims, we are committed to providing you with clear, practical, commercially focused and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.


Highly experienced in acting for landowners, large and small; local and national developers, waste management companies, education providers and a wide range of businesses, you can trust in our significant expertise and experience.


Our established relationships and experience in working with lenders and other leading firms, including agents, surveyors and other solicitors, can help to minimise the likelihood and impact of any unforeseen issues or costly delays.


We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to organisations, business owners and management teams, allowing you to manage both your private and commercial needs more effectively using a single law firm.

Who we work with

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“Blandy & Blandy handles the full range of environmental and planning matters, and advises on legal issues concerning high-profile sites and major projects across the region.”

“A longstanding, highly regarded, professional firm that offers excellent advice at competitive fee rates.”

“Blandy & Blandy's planning and environmental practice has a track record of assisting clients with obtaining planning permission on particularly complex or controversial developments.”

“Blandy & Blandy has provided R Collard Limited with legal advice for over 12 years, supporting the growth of our company. They are a valued partner, understand our business needs and provide us with the right legal support, when needed.”

“We were recommended to instruct Karen Jones of Blandy's by both our architect and planning consultant, to assist in the purchase of SANG capacity for a residential development. We are experienced in commercial property transactions, having created and sold off a small retail portfolio but this was, to us, an entirely new and relatively complex type of transaction. Karen dealt with the instruction and could not be faulted in ensuring all matters were dealt with efficiently and effectively. Karen’s speed and level of communication are superb; it was clear to us that Karen cares deeply about her clients.”

“Turner Property specialises in shared accommodation for students and professionals. These types of properties are known as houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) and the planning rules around them are complex. After purchasing a portfolio of HMO properties from another landlord, that arguably had established use but had not been given lawful use legitimately, we sought advice from Blandy & Blandy as they had a dedicated planning solicitor, which not all law firms have. After lots of hard work, involving the required 10 years of evidence, we finally got a positive outcome. I would certainly recommend Blandy & Blandy to anyone facing a similarly complicated situation.”

“I would recommend the firm to others within the house building and development sector given the strength in depth of solicitors operating within the practice.”

“Blandy’s have acted for us over a number of years on a diverse range of issues. We have found them to be clear, expert, well-resourced and approachable in their advice. ”

“As a locally-based SME developer, we have worked with Blandy & Blandy for a number of years in the field of Planning Law. They have supported us on a number of projects, including helping with a neighbourhood plan examination process where we had a site allocated. More recently, we have worked with Karen Jones on a project where we successfully questioned the LPA’s legal position in terms of the affordable housing requirement. Our experience of working with Karen and the team has shown that Blandy & Blandy are a highly professional legal firm who produce results that match clients’ expectations, are achieved in a timely manner and are offered at a competitive price. I would definitely recommend working with Blandy & Blandy as their intricate knowledge of case law and appeal decisions will ensure that you are given the best chance of succeeding.”

“We have relied on Blandy & Blandy’s expertise for a number of years, and I have the utmost confidence in them as being one of the best in what they do. The team take the time to understand our business needs and provide clear, user-friendly advice on even the most complex or business critical situations.”

“The Abbey is grateful for the continued support of Blandy & Blandy for professional services in particular relating to employment, property and planning law. We would be happy to recommend them to others.”

Awards & Accreditations

Top tier firm, Chambers UK

Top tier firm, Chambers UK

Top tier firm, The Legal 500

Top tier firm, The Legal 500

UK Top 15 Planning Law Firm, Planning magazine 2020

UK Top 15 Planning Law Firm, Planning magazine 2020

Finalist, 'Property Law Firm of the Year', Thames Valley Property Awards 2018

Finalist, 'Property Law Firm of the Year', Thames Valley Property Awards 2018

'Property Law Firm of the Year', Thames Valley Property Awards 2017

'Property Law Firm of the Year', Thames Valley Property Awards 2017