Aardvark specialises in planning law and environmental law.

Our areas of work include legal issues arising from:

All types of planning applications

Planning agreements

Community infrastructure levy

Permitted development



Compulsory acquisition

Environmental assessment


Public inquiries


Judicial review

Planning and restrictive covenant insurance

Village greens

Rights of light

Climate change

Contaminated land


Appointing environmental consultants

Reliance letters

Environmental insurance

Environmental warranties and indemnities in transactions

Sector focus

Aardvark works on projects large and small for a range of landowners and developers including quoted companies, private companies, funds, venture capital backed enterprises and private individuals.

Public sector

Aardvark works for public sector clients where our particular expertise and focus on outcomes is required.

Hot topics

Viability and affordable housing.

Compulsory purchase threat.

Use of Freedom of Information in planning.

CIL and s106 double dipping.

Planning ransoms arising from poor property due diligence.

Local Plan and Area Action Plan evidence issues.

Judicial review by NIMBYs and competing developers.

Office to residential and other permitted development.

Heritage and other types of enabling development.

Senior living and C2/C3 use.

Delay in the planning system including discharge of conditions and highways agreements.


Green belt.

Examples of our recent work

5,000 residential unit urban extension in Kent.

3,800 residential unit urban extension in Hampshire on former MOD land (acting for the planning authority).

500 residential unit development in the Chilterns.

Town centre regeneration with 2800 residential units and major employment uses.

£175m regeneration scheme in Bromley-by-Bow.

Mixed use development in Stratford.

Successful defence of judicial review of planning permission amendment by neighbours.

Judicial review of neighbouring scheme for residential developer.

Surrey Heaths SANG swap.

Green belt enforcement.

Five senior living schemes.

London office and mixed use schemes.

Three student housing schemes in London.

Advice on community infrastructure levy for retrospective s73 variation.

Enabling development for a community stadium (acting for the planning authority).

Advice on community infrastructure levy for mixed use development.

Objection to neighbouring development on ecology and highways grounds.

Successful defence of judicial review of construction management plan by neighbours.

Promoting sites through local plan review.

Public inquiry into relief road CPO proposals.

Multiple office to residential permitted development schemes.

Environmental advice for the disposal of a factory.

Heritage advice on former convent.