Development and Planning Agreements

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Development and planning agreements serve as the foundation for collaboration between parties involved in a construction project. 

These contracts outline the anticipated roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. Whether it be developers, purchasers, funders, landowners, or tenants, development agreements serve as the guiding blueprint, delineating the expectations that each party is entrusted to fulfil.

At Martin Shepherd Solicitors, we believe in the power of precision and clarity within these agreements, ensuring a seamless journey from conception to completion. We can advise you on development and planning agreements at our Potters Bar, Hertford, and Finchley offices.

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Characteristics of Development and Planning Agreements

The collaboration between the landowner and developer takes centre stage within the framework of a development agreement. Typically, it involves the developer:

  • submitting the planning application
  • liaising with the local planning authorities
  • securing planning permission
  • overseeing construction
  • sharing the end profits with the landowner.


Assuring the landowner on crucial matters, such as the project’s timeline and their ability to raise objections during the process, becomes paramount.

Safeguarding Interests Through Development and Planning Agreements

A development agreement serves as a protective shield for both parties. While granting the developer the authority to execute the construction project, it also affords the landowner a voice in the development process. This arrangement becomes particularly significant if the landowner holds interests in adjacent land.

The document should outline mechanisms for resolving disputes, a vital component that can prevent complications and avoid unnecessary delays.

Development agreements often encompass a range of obligations imposed on the developer, aiming to establish a clear framework for the project.  Developers must: 

  • Execute the specific development in alignment with the mutually agreed plans and specifications by the local authorities. 
  • Secure collateral warranties from contractors and consultants. 


Other obligations commonly include:

Quality Assurance Provisions: Development agreements often incorporate provisions designed to guarantee the quality of the development. This safeguards against substandard work and ensures the outcome meets predefined standards and planning obligations.

Letting Obligations: Specifying minimum criteria for prospective leases, developers outline their letting obligations. This may include attaching an agreed form of lease that provides clarity and structure to potential lease agreements.

Timetable for Development: A well-defined timetable, inclusive of a longstop date for project completion, is a standard inclusion. This establishes clear milestones and deadlines, ensuring timely progress.

Inspection and Monitoring Rights: Purchasers or tenants often have the right to inspect and monitor the progress of the development. This transparency ensures parties stay informed throughout the project lifecycle.

Termination Provisions: Developers may face termination by purchasers or tenants under specific circumstances, such as serious breaches, failure to meet longstop dates or insolvency. These provisions act as safeguards for the involved parties.

Profit Calculation Methodology: Development agreements often detail the method for calculating the developer’s profit. This involves a comprehensive list of deductions and triggers for payment. Including a worked example can enhance clarity, particularly in cases where the calculation is intricate.

Discover more about development and planning agreements at our Hertford, Finchley, and Potters Bar offices. Contact us at 0208 446 4301.

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Development and Planning Agreements With Martin Shepherd Solicitors

We offer development and planning agreement services tailored for both landowners and developers. Our array of services encompasses:

  • Ensuring meticulous negotiations to secure agreements that comprehensively safeguard your interests.
  • Crafting bespoke contracts meticulously tailored to the specifics of your unique construction project.
  • Swiftly resolving disagreements to eliminate obstacles, guaranteeing smooth and uninterrupted progress for your construction project and planning process.


Learn more about development and planning agreements at our Finchley, Potters Bar and Hertford offices. Contact us at 0208 446 4301 or email Daniel Raja or Surjit Bansal

At Martin Shepherd Solicitors, we specialise in providing legal guidance and support throughout the development and planning agreement process. Our team assists clients in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements related to property development, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and protecting our clients’ interests.

We handle various types of development and planning agreements, including Section 106 agreements, infrastructure agreements, development contracts, joint venture agreements, and option agreements. Our expertise covers a wide range of agreements essential for property development projects, from land acquisition to project completion.

Our experienced solicitors provide comprehensive guidance on navigating the planning process, including advising on planning applications, negotiating planning permissions and conditions, and addressing any legal challenges or appeals that may arise. We work closely with clients to ensure their development projects comply with planning regulations and achieve successful outcomes.

When negotiating development agreements, it’s essential to consider various factors, such as land acquisition terms, project timelines, financial arrangements, risk allocation, and dispute resolution mechanisms. Our legal team conducts thorough due diligence and strategic negotiations to secure favourable terms for our clients while minimising potential risks.

Our solicitors have in-depth knowledge of planning laws and regulations, allowing us to guide clients through the complex legal landscape of property development. We assist in ensuring that development and planning agreements comply with all relevant legislation, including environmental regulations, and building codes, to avoid potential legal issues down the line.

In the event of disputes arising from development agreements, our legal team offers effective dispute resolution services, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. We strive to resolve disputes efficiently while protecting our client’s interests and preserving relationships with other parties involved in the project.

By partnering with Martin Shepherd Solicitors, clients gain access to our extensive experience, legal expertise, and personalised service tailored to their specific needs. Whether you’re a developer to helping you navigate the complexities of development and planning agreements, ensuring the success of your projects.

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