Town & Country Planning Solicitors

Fortune Green Legal Practice solicitors offer bespoke, expert advice in Town and Country Planning law and can help you deal with a wide range of planning issues.

Our Promise

When working on your case we will:

• Update you with progress on your matter regularly;
• Communicate with you in plain language;
• Explain to you the legal work required as your matter progresses;
• Update you on the cost of your matter;
• Update you on the timescales for each stage of the process;
• Advise you of any changes in the law relevant to your matter;

Top quality client care is our priority and this is what our clients say, too.

We are proud to say we have worked on several cases featured in the law reports.

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Linda Felton - Managing Director

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ABOUT US

Fortune Green Legal Practice solicitors offer bespoke, expert advice in Town and Country Planning law and can help you deal with a wide range of planning issues.

Set up in 2011 it provides services for both property developers and homeowners. Solicitor's help with Town and Country planning, enforcement notices and legal advice. Director Linda Felton set up this niche law firm after working for many years as an in-house planning solicitor in local government.

She found that people needed affordable specialist advice about planning applications, or about how to object to an unwanted development. In particular, she found that people often wanted advice about their options if they had been served with a planning enforcement notice. She established the firm and with it’s exclusive focus on town and country planning law.
Linda studied law at City University and at the Inns of Court School of Law. She completed her professional training in a large London council, and has also worked in local authorities in Berkshire and in Kent.

Our Work in The Community: For over 7 years Linda has also been a mentor for City University students. The Professional Mentoring Scheme is an ambitious programme which takes advantage of City’s strong relationships with business and the professions to transform the lives of students. In addition, Linda works on an occasional basis with schools and students to provide short-term work experience.

OUR SERVICES

Fortune Green Legal Practice deal with contentious and non-contentious planning law work. 

We advise on: 

  • The planning application process and the prospect of obtaining permission 
  • How to object to potentially harmful proposals 
  • Judicial review procedure and practice  
  • Appeals to the Planning Inspectorate 
  • Enforcement notices and how to resolve complex problems

PLANNING APPEALS

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT

OUR FEES

Nobody likes to overpay and we believe our clients need as much information as possible regarding how much their legal advice will cost them. This is so important when they decide to set aside a budget for hiring a solicitor.

Fortune Green Legal Practice takes very seriously the fact that you will want to know what you are paying for, right from the moment you instruct us up until the end of your case. Our commitment is to be transparent and we promise to give as much information up front, with regular updates throughout the course of the case.  It is for this reason that we will hold an initial 15 minute consultation with you absolutely free of charge or commitment.

As a niche, specialist, law firm we don’t promise to be the cheapest. When you choose to work with us, you are instructing a professional firm that gives you confidence. 

We always give you a picture of the overall financial costs and benefits. For example: the cost of any court fees you may need to pay; for hiring a barrister with the right level of experience matched to the complexity of your case, and to your budget. We will also discuss with you whether or not you might have a chance to get your money back from your opponent if you win, or whether you might be at risk of paying your opponent’s costs if the decision goes against you.

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REPORTED CASES

RESOURCES

Guidance and Government Policy: General advice regarding the planning process.

Planning Portal Website

This website is a resource set up as a joint venture between TerraQuest and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Its aim is to make information about the planning process and the processes themselves more accessible. It provides information for members of the public, planning professionals and local authorities on all aspects of planning and on building control.

Planning appeals: procedural guide

This guide explains how appeals against the refusal of planning permission are determined by the Planning Inspectorate. It describes the respective roles and responsibilities of all the parties involved, at every stage of the process. It covers the procedure for planning appeals, householder appeals, minor commercial appeals, listed building appeals; advertisement appeals, and discontinuance notice appeals.

National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 24 July 2018 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. This document replaces the first NPPF published in March 2011.

 

Certificate of lawful use or development appeals – England (March 2016) – Procedural Guide

This Guide outlines the responsibilities of each party and the roles they have in the certificate of lawful use or development appeal process. It also deals with appeals against refusal of listed building lawful development certificate applications.

National Planning Practice Guidance

This online resource currently divided into 42 sections aims to add further context to the National Planning Policy Framework and to be an accessible resource for the general public, professionals and local planning authorities.

Civil Procedure Rules

These rules set out procedure for all civil disputes in England and Wales. Their overriding aim is to enable cases to be dealt with justly. The rules are frequently updated. There are currently 89 Parts within the rules, dealing with main principles, supplemented by Practice Directions, which provide more details on how the rules should be applied. Part 54 II provides guidance about the remit and composition of the Planning Court, and Practice Direction 54E deals with Planning Court Claims.

Enforcement appeals: procedural guide

This guide explains the procedure for appeals against planning enforcement notices and listed building enforcement notices. Apart from explaining the different methods of appeal, it also provides an explanation of the various grounds of appeal that can be raised against an enforcement notice.

Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide (July 2018)

This is the third edition. It integrates recent case law on procedure in public law cases. The guide includes the current Listing Policy (from June 2018) including policy for the Planning Court.

FAQs

Fortune Green Legal Practice solicitors offer bespoke, expert advice in Town and Country Planning law and can help you deal with a wide range of planning issues.

Q.1. Who might need a planning solicitor?



If you are a property developer and planning permission has been refused, a planning solicitor could work with you and your team to help you overcome objections, and guide you through the appeal process.


Also, if you are a property owner, and your application has been refused, or you would like to object to somebody else’s application, a planning solicitor can give you advice. If the council has taken enforcement action it is recommended to take advice from specialist planning solicitor.


Q.2. What does a planning solicitor do?


A planning solicitor can advise when you have a disagreement with the Council about a planning application. It may be your own planning application, which the Council wants to refuse. Sometimes it may be an application for works nearby, you would like to object to (because you think the development will have a bad effect on you and on the wider neighbourhood).


Also, if the Council has taken enforcement action (for example, they have sent you a planning contravention notice, or an enforcement notice) a planning solicitor can advise you on the next steps.


Q.3. What doesn't a planning solicitor do?


At Fortune Green Legal Practice we do not usually file planning applications.


This is because a planning consultant will have more experience in filing planning applications and may be able to visit your site and make recommendations on how you can maximise your development. An architect may also assist, and help with creative ideas and drawings of your proposed development.


We have a network of trusted planning consultants and architects we can refer you to. Please do not hesitate to call us on 0203 983 0595 to make the introductions.


Q.4. What will a planning solicitor charge me?


The first 15 minutes are free and this provides us both with an opportunity to understand each other's requirements.  From this initial consultation, we are able to assess your case and circumstances. The costs will depend upon the firm you choose to work with.


At Fortune Green Legal Practice we are always transparent when it comes to our pricing structure.  Nobody likes a surprise when the bill comes in.  Click here to see our pricing policy.


We may be able to offer a fixed fee for a procedure, or we may charge an hourly rate. For a process which is likely to take longer to come to a conclusion a retainer fee is usually agreed.


Q.5.How long will it take to resolve a dispute with the Council


Depending on your circumstances, it can take weeks, months, or in some cases even years. The Council may respond quickly to our enquiry, but this is not always the case. This is why we keep on top of your matter and make sure that it doesn’t slip down Council's agenda.


Sometimes just one letter, or phone call, from an experienced practitioner can resolve a dispute.


Q.6.What should I do if the Council is taking me to court?


If you have received a summons, you should take legal advice immediately. Do not hesitate to contact us and to let us know, if possible, when you will have to go to court. We can give you initial advice on what your best options are. If appropriate we can recommend other expert advisors who can help with your matter.


Q.7. You are located in central London, but my property is not. Can you help me?


Yes we can. Although FGLP is based in central London about 50% of cases we deal with are to do with properties outside of London. We deal with clients from all over England. There is a different legal system in Scotland and Welsh planning laws are different (as a result of devolution of government). If you are based there, we will recommend lawyers who can help.


 

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