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 2024: The Town & Country Planning Team were recognised as a leading team in the West Midlands.

The planning team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is led by Partner, Suzanne Tucker, following the retirement of Niall Blackie. Tucker, based in Telford, advises on all aspects of planning law, including appeals against planning permission refusals, enforcement notices, lawfulness issues and development agreements. The firm has also increased its focus on Welsh matters, as well as gaining more traction with landowners seeking advice on issues including consent, public rights of way and appeals. Suzanne is also recognised in the directory as a 'Next Generation Partner'.

  • "Suzanne Tucker is an exceptional solicitor. She goes above and beyond for her clients, and always has a brilliant grasp of the issues and the law. Suzanne’s written work is comprehensive and leaves no stone unturned. She is really good at thinking outside of the box."

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What Our Clients Say

We once again have received excellent service from the Town and Country Planning department in advising us in regards to land subject to a DCO and dealing with potential CPO matters. The department was also ably supported by other members of team, when it came no negotiating the disposal of some of the land-holding.

Suzanne Tucker

Mr F


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

Suzanne Tucker

Mr E