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Sophie Smith

Associate, Planning

Sophie is an Associate in the Planning team.

Sophie advises a range of developers, investors and occupiers on section 106 agreements and highways related matters including section 278 and 38 agreements.

She regularly undertakes planning due diligence for commercial developments, including complex phased development schemes to be delivered over extended periods of time. Sophie is experienced in acting for both lenders and borrowers on financing transactions, providing commercially focused planning advice.

She advises regularly on rural property transactions and heritage matters including listed buildings. Sophie has a particular interest in the provisions of the Environment Act 2021 and the associated planning requirements to deliver biodiversity net gain.

The Environment Act – A Quick Guide for Landowners and Developers

The much-delayed Environment Act 2021 (“the Act”) which finally received Royal Assent during the second week of COP26 (in November 2021), has been described by the UK government as delivering “the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth”.

Environment Act

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