Disputes over planning permissions can be costly and drawn out when not handled correctly. Whether you are defending or challenging a planning permission application, it’s important that you seek legal advice early to understand your options. Our commercial litigation solicitors are experienced in a range of dispute resolution methods, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation, and, when necessary, litigation.

Get in touch with our team of experts to know where you stand with your planning dispute.

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Obtaining planning permission involves often lengthy applications to secure approval from local authorities to carry out a proposed development, while adhering to relevant legislation, such as the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

These planning applications often lead to disputes. When a planning application is filed, it's customary to anticipate opposition and disputes from neighbouring residents and business owners regarding the proposed development's impact on the area. Any party with an interest in the local area has the right to dispute the planning application if they believe it could negatively affect the environment, local heritage, or the surrounding area. Ultimately, it is for the local authority to determine whether the plans go ahead. 

How Jackson Lees can help you 

Regardless of whether you are making or challenging an application, our commercial dispute resolution team are on hand to assist with a range of services to make this process as smooth as possible. From advising on planning laws to reduce your risk of disputes arising, to mediation between you and your opposition to resolve any disputes amicably, we can help. Our range of services include: 

  • Advise on planning law, procedures, and policies 

  • Challenging or defending a planning application 

  • Planning dispute resolution (ADR, mediation, litigation) 

  • Planning dispute litigation 

  • Enforcement notices 

  • Judicial reviews  

  • Planning appeals 

Methods of dispute resolution 


Mediation is a popular dispute resolution option. With mediation, you will be in the same room as the other party involved in your dispute and an impartial mediator who will guide the conversation, highlighting the key points in each party’s argument to help you both gain a better understanding of each other’s position. If you are interested in mediation, Jackson Lees can help point you in the right direction. 

Alternative dispute resolution 

If your dispute cannot be resolved through mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) gives you the chance to seek a legally binding decision without having to go to court to solve your property dispute. This is much more cost-effective than going to court and allows you to have more input in the overall decision. Our commercial planning dispute solicitors are experts in alternative dispute resolution, get in touch to find out more about this option. 


If all other options are exhausted and your dispute is still not resolved, litigation may be necessary. You will need an expert litigator to help establish and protect your legal position and advise you on your best route to success. Litigation can be complex, and it is crucial that you work with a litigator that you trust will do everything they can to secure your desired outcome. At Jackson Lees, when it comes to litigation, our experienced team are by your side every step of the way to protect your best interests. 

Get in touch with us 

If you are finding yourself in a commercial planning application dispute, acting quickly gives you the best chance of success. Our dispute resolution team can help advise on the best course of action to take, while protecting your legal position every step of the way. Get in touch with our experts at our Liverpool and Wirral offices and they’ll be on hand to guide you through this process.

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