Planning and Development

Planning and Development

Planning and Development Projects

Our expert team of commercial property lawyers are able to guide you through all aspects of a development project, from the initial acquisition of the land throughout the planning process to the eventual disposal of the completed development. We work alongside your other professional advisors including architects, surveyors, accountants and agents to ensure that any transaction will proceed smoothly, and in accordance with your expectations.

Fraser Dawbarns are rated as a ‘Leading Firm’ in the 2020 Edition of the Legal 500 for our commercial Property work.

Our Specialists

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Aashish Soni

Solicitor - King's Lynn

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Daniel Ball

Partner, Solicitor - Wisbech

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Eileanora Ni-Charthaig

Consultant Solicitor - Ely

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Emma Richmond

Paralegal - Kings Lynn

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Jenny Rushmer

Partner, Solicitor, Head of Commercial Department - Wisbech

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Michelle Atkins

Associate Solicitor - Wisbech

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Sophie King

Senior Associate Solicitor - Kings Lynn

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Tony Cheetham

Partner, Solicitor - Kings Lynn

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Planning and Development Services

We can assist you throughout the development process or in any individual aspects of the development including:

  • Land acquisition (including options to purchase additional land)
  • Joint venture or collaboration agreements
  • Advice on planning, environmental or taxation issues
  • Statutory agreements with Local Authorities (s106)
  • Highways and other infrastructure agreements
  • Construction documentation and build agreements
  • Site assembly, layout and Land Registry matters
  • Plot sales or the letting of completed units
  • Setting up estate management companies

If you are planning a development project or have any concerns regarding a planning issue, get in touch with our planning and development team to discuss how we can help you.

Experience of Every Side of Planning and Development Projects

Planning law is complex and without sound advice, it is possible to inadvertently run afoul of a legislation or restrictions, that prevent you from achieving your goals. The team at Fraser Dawbarns understand all aspects of commercial development projects, from land acquisition through to the planning process and the disposal of the completed development. We work alongside your other professional advisors to ensure that your transaction proceeds in a smooth, timely and cost-effective manner.

Regardless of your role in a development project, our team have the experience to help you.


Our team provides commercial advice to property developers, offering guidance and assistance throughout the entire development process. Our commercial property team can help you with site investigations, purchasing the development site and assist you with the local authorities and planning departments. We can make sure that all documentation and statutory agreements are correct and help you to draft the appropriate construction documents.

Whether you are a new or established developer, we can help you to realise your vision with minimal holdups or unnecessary expense. Contact Fraser Dawbarns for sound and practical advice from the beginning of your development to the end.


If you are a landowner involved in a property development project, we can you help to ensure that you get the most from your land. You will have a range of options open to you and we can help you decide which are the options that really make your land work for you.

You may find renewable energy projects or communications infrastructure are preferable to property development and provide you with the best returns. Whatever you choose, the commercial property solicitors at Fraser Dawbarns can help you get the best results. Contact us for an informal discussion of your options.


As an investor, your goal will be to maximise the return on your capital as quickly and efficiently as possible. With experience from all sides of the property development market, our commercial property solicitors have the necessary knowledge and experience to help you with a wide range of property investment transactions.

As well as helping with portfolio acquisition, disposals and joint ventures, we can help you to secure funding. We know that securing funding has become harder in recent years, but our team understands commercial property finance and can help you to secure what you need for your development project.

Our commercial team also has a strong understanding of commercial contracts, which can be very important when you need to secure robust terms from your developers, contractors and suppliers. Speak to the commercial team at Fraser Dawbarns to find out how we can help you with your next development.


Melanie, 'our family' followed you to your new location regardless of distance - and we would follow you anywhere you chose to work for future assistance. Thank you for your excellent work on our sale.
Client - King's Lynn Office

Why Choose Fraser Dawbarns for your Business?

Direct Access to your Solicitor

Our planning and development team develop a good understanding of your goals for the development project and form a good understanding of our clients business. Clients who wish to arrange an appointment with our commercial solicitors can do so easily, visiting us at any of our offices across East Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk. We can also visit you at your business if you prefer.

Pricing Options

At Fraser Dawbarns we recognise that there is no ‘one size fits all’. With our flexible pricing options, we give our clients the choice of different pricing options. You can choose whether you would like us to undertake your work on a fixed fee basis or at an hourly rate, selecting the pricing option that best suits your needs.

No Hidden Charges

Clients opting for our fixed fee service, will know how much they will pay for the matter before we start work. Clients who prefer to be billed at an hourly rate will also be given a realistic range of costs before we begin. Transparency and trustworthiness are important to us and we will never surprise you with hidden charges that were not explained to you at the outset.

Contact Us Today

Our team will help you from the beginning of your case to the end, giving you total peace of mind. If you would like friendly, client focused advice on a wide range of legal issues, get in touch and see how we can help you.

Call or email us today and find out how we can make your life easier. 

Wisbech: 01945 461456
March: 01354 602880
King's Lynn: 01553 666600
Ely: 01353 383483
Downham Market: 01366 383171
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