Town & Country Planning.

From Planning Permission applications to challenges in the High Court, our specialist Planning Team can help you with all your planning proposals.

Planning applications can come with challenges.

We do what we can to make things straightforward.

Our Town and Country Planning Team specialise in the West Midlands, Shropshire and Mid-Wales areas. We can advise on residential development, housing land supply, industrial commercial and warehousing, green belt, open countryside and urban environments, agricultural, equestrian and renewables.

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Our Town and Country Planning Team is recognised as one of the most reputable sources of legal planning knowledge not only in the West Midlands and Shropshire but also into and across Mid Wales where we have expert knowledge of the Welsh planning system.

To read more about the work we do for our clients in Wales visit our dedicated page

We work for and with developers, the business community, private individuals, landowners and public authorities, on a regional and national level, providing concise, high quality advice on all aspects of town and country planning matters.

The team mainly act for people and businesses making planning proposals. Decisions are made using detailed laws, policies, guidelines and principles and it’s our job to understand them and use powers of persuasion and advocacy to advance your case.

We appraise planning applications to identify potential policy or other pitfalls, review documentation, support submissions, legal submissions and environmental statements to spot inconsistencies, so as to ensure applications or appeals stand the best chance of success for developers and consultants.

They also have considerable experience in challenging planning decisions in the High Court and have taken cases to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

The Team has extensive experience advising in relation to:

Residential development

Housing land supply

Industrial commercial and warehousing

Green belt, open countryside and urban environments

Agricultural (such as poultry, dairy digester units and storage) and renewables


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Adding value to your property assets means successfully negotiating the maze of planning and environmental regulations and liabilities. Our experienced and expert team provide strategic and proactive advice to help you deliver on the legal aspects required.

- Suzanne Tucker

If you have an enquiry in relation to Town and County Planning or want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Legal 500 2022: The Town & Country Planning Team were recognised as a leading team in the West Midlands.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is particularly active in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Wales though also serves clients located throughout England. Associate Suzanne Tucker, praised as a ‘brilliant planning lawyers’, leads the department following the retirement of Niall Blackie; prominent examples of her team’s broad expertise include s106 obligations for residential and commercial schemes, highway and drainage agreements and enforcement appeals.

Key lawyers include Associate Suzanne Tucker who is recognised as a Rising Star and Mark Turner. To find out more about our rankings, please click here.

Legal 500 Leading Firm 2022

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What Our Clients Say

I was very satisfied with the professional service, the communication from the firm throughout the course of the work, the quality of the report and of course the outcome of my case.

Mark Turner

Ms Jackson


We were most impressed throughout the process with the advice and guidance given and the subsequent communications on our matter, and with the eventual outcome of the case.

Mark Turner

Mr Knight


Great planning advice. Wouldn't go anywhere else 10/10.

Suzanne Tucker

Mr Ellis