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Trowers & Hamlins named Planning Law Firm of the Year at Planning Awards

Trowers & Hamlins named Planning Law Firm of the Year at Planning Awards

Trowers & Hamlins is pleased to announce that the firm was named Planning Law Firm of the Year at the Planning Awards on 17 November 2015.

The Planning Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in planning work by local authorities, consultants, developers, lawyers, voluntary and neighbourhood groups and all the other key players in the planning system.  The awards are run by Planning magazine and Planning Resource.

The firm was recognised for the advice and guidance it provided to Cherwell District Council in securing consent to establish the UK's first large-scale, self-build housing project.  The scheme will see 1,900 new homes and associated infrastructure built on a former Ministry of Defence (MOD) site in Bicester.  The firm worked closely with the MOD and Cherwell to gain consent for the entire site – which was still in use by the MOD at the time – and now individual owner/occupiers who purchase each plot will be able to build a home within basic, pre-set parameters.  This new community will give residents affordable and flexible options for building a home.

Trowers & Hamlins' Planning team is led by partner Jacqueline Backhaus.

This latest award win follows the firm's recent successes at the 2015 Law Society Excellence Awards and this year's International Travel & Health Insurance Journal Awards.