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Eversheds education sector - experience

Planning and parliamentary experience in the education sector

We have over 40 dedicated lawyers who can respond to the demands of our client’s within the education sector and deliver results within project deadlines.

We have an in-depth knowledge of how planning and consenting matters can arise in the educational setting and we understand the challenges you face.

Our broad range of experience and knowledge in the education sector includes the following specialisms which enables us to provide you with the advice and support you need:

Community infrastructure levy

When considering development proposals, institutions will need to be mindful of the impacts of the Community Infrastructure Levy. We have significant expertise in advising our clients on the implications of the Community Infrastructure Levy regime. We have an in-depth knowledge of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 and can advise on how to structure projects in order to mitigate the impacts of CIL.

Contentious planning support

We appreciate that not all development work, promoting or otherwise, will be smooth sailing. Although we always strive to advise our client’s on how to limit their exposure to contentious work, there are instances where contentious matters are unavoidable. Across our offices we are well versed in advising on called in planning applications, planning appeals and legal challenges as well as providing advocacy support for those areas.

Development plan advice

We have advised a number of educational institutions on the development plan process particularly in relation to securing allocations for education sites. We are also able to provide advice on the neighbourhood planning regime which is likely to become more pertinent in the changing political landscape.

Planning and infrastructure agreements

We have drafted and negotiated a vast number of complex planning and infrastructure agreements for institutions across the country and can offer support to institutions who are progressing through the development management process.

Private bills

As the only City and national firm to provide a Planning and Parliamentary Agency service, we are able to draw on the experience of our parliamentary team to act on the promotion of Private Bills for institutions, with a particular focus on merging or reconstituting colleges and universities.

Strategic and transactional advice

We appreciate that some of our client’s key concerns relate to rationalising landholdings in order to create additional income streams. Alongside our core real estate colleagues, we can review land held by educational institutions in order to evaluate and advise where development opportunities may arise. We have a wealth of experience in promoting major commercial and residential development schemes. We can advise on how to structure any planning authorisation or consent in order to facilitate an onward transaction to a commercial partner.

Town and village greens and common land

As bodies that often hold large land portfolios, we are aware that a number of institutions face difficulties with town and village green and commons matters. Our team has worked alongside a number of institutions to provide strategic advice to our clients as to how they can protect their land interests from being designated as a town or village green as well as advising on how development proposals can proceed in the face of such land categorisation. We are also able to provide advocacy support at any hearing or inquiry relating to such matters.

Cultural heritage advice

We are able to provide pragmatic advice to our client’s in relation to matters of cultural heritage. We can provide support on development proposals involving such assets or equally advise on the need to protect such assets when they come under threat from external parties.

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