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Town & Country Planning

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.


Our expert planning advice covers:  

The Team mainly acts 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.

The Team is often instructed by developers and their consultants to appraise planning applications to identify potential policy or other pitfalls and to review documentation, supporting submissions, legal submissions and environmental statements to spot inconsistencies, so as to ensure applications or appeals stand the best chance of success.

The Team also has 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).

In addition 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
  • Equestrian         

Legal 500 2017: The Town & Country Planning Team were recognised as a leading team in the West Midlands.

"FBC Manby Bowdler LLP ‘acts for local authorities as well as developers and landowners, there is a depth of understanding and an independence of thought that gives the best chance of achieving a desired outcome’. The practice handles a full range of development matters, including development proposals and advising on the strategy for promotion of land, as well as planning enforcement measures and judicial review."

Senior Partner and Head of the Town & Country Planning Department, Niall Blackie, is recognised as a leading individual and was ranked in the Legal 500 'elite lawyers' list and Associate, Suzanne Tucker has been recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer 2017.

Partner and Solicitor-Advocate, Niall Blackie, heads the Team and is a recognised leader in his field, regularly ranked by Chambers Legal Directory for his planning expertise, meaning you have peace of mind in knowing the legal advice you receive from Niall and his Team will be of the highest quality.

If you have an enquiry in relation to a town and country planning matter or simply want to speak to a member of our expert Team for further information and guidance, please use the request a call back or make an enquiry option to get in touch.

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Mark Turner


Niall Blackie


Rowan Jones


Suzanne Tucker



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