Blandy & Blandy LLP Solicitors

"A force to be reckoned with in the region."

Chambers UK

Solicitors For You & Your Family

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 family. Maximising potential for use and value, while minimising any liability and retaining flexibility, is key. Advice on the best advantage to be had from the planning, infrastructure and environmental legislative regime is essential in order to achieve this.

Advising 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 landowners. We are also regularly instructed by clients including, property developers, charities, education providers, property investors, and 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, often for those who hold land interests of key significance, 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. We also take on work to underpin landowner’s interests such as establishing lawfulness of use, objecting to applications to ensure adequate protections are in place, and promoting sites for allocation in the local plan process.

As well as placing us among the UK's top 25 Planning law firms, Planning magazine’s 2019 Planning Law Survey has acknowledged partner and team head Karen Jones as one of the top 20 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.

What We Can Help You With

  • Certificates of Lawfulness & 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

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Why Choose Us?

LEADING REPUTATION

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.

APPROACHABLE SERVICE

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.

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

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.

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER ADVISERS

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.

A JOINED UP APPROACH

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

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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Victoria Charlesson

Victoria Charlesson

Associate Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

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Simon Dimmick

Simon Dimmick

Consultant Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

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Kayleigh Chapman

Kayleigh Chapman

Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

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Sophie Stone

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Legal Assistant, Planning & Environmental Law

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“Provides clear and accurate advice and more than holds its own against City planning teams.”

The Legal 500

“The largest dedicated team in the region and ranked nationally.”

Chambers UK

“Blandy & Blandy LLP is unique in the marketplace because offers advice on environmental matters on a one-to-one basis that other firms cannot replicate.”

The Legal 500

“I find their level of technical knowledge quite staggering.”

Client

“Somewhere it is written that you are considered among the top 20 planning lawyers Good for you, for your firm... and for us! This is a very tricky work; getting permission to build (not to mention building itself!) so many thanks and best wishes.”

Client

“Your decisive letter to the council to which they had no response, despite considerable time to deliberate and research, was the key to our success for which I think and praise you.”

Client

“Thank you very much, I can’t imagine how much patience you must have. When we next apply for planning we’ll be in touch.”

Client

“The information you provided was clear, concise and invaluable. Thank you once again. I shall know what to do and where to go should I ever find myself in this position again.”

Client

“I am very pleased that we opted to engage you/your firm as specialist for this element of our new project. It has been very reassuring to have you dealing with all the other parties involved.”

“Thank you for all of your assistance and guidance over the last four years.”

Client

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 25 Planning Law Firm, Planning Magazine 2019

UK Top 25 Planning Law Firm, Planning Magazine 2019

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

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

'Outstanding Contribution', Thames Valley Property Awards 2018

'Outstanding Contribution', Thames Valley Property Awards 2018

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

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

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