For many commercial property developers, obtaining necessary planning or building consents for a development can be a drawn-out and stressful experience.

Also, planners often insert conditions in planning consents that oblige developers to enter into separate legal agreements with the council, binding the developer and any subsequent purchasers to comply with certain stipulations set down by the planners.

How can Thorntons help?

At Thorntons, our experienced Commercial Property and Land and Rural Business teams can help facilitate your application by liaising with the local authority, your architects, surveyors or contractors and advising you on key issues affecting the process.

We have experience in preparing, amending and ultimately discharging separate legal agreements with the council, and would work closely with you and your other professional advisors to make sure that any planning conditions placed on the title deeds as restrictions are both appropriate and not overly onerous.

We also advise clients on environmental matters that may impact on a development. We can help with proposals for dealing with contaminated land, as well as any consents, agreements or bonds to make sure that a development has the necessary infrastructure to comply with any requirements imposed by the local authority.

We have many years’ experience dealing with planning issues for our clients and can help you avoid the costly potential pitfalls and process delays. And with our well-established local office network, we can bring our strong local market knowledge and expertise into play to help. We also appreciate that every development is different and we focus on understanding each client’s development needs and answering their individual planning needs.

Key Contacts


Bruce Renfrew

+44 1738 621212


Craig Nicol
Joint Managing Partner

+44 1382 229111

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