Simon Kelly

Specialist in Planning and Property Development

Simon specialises in planning and related public law (contentious and non-contentious) advising developers and landowners as well as local authorities and other public bodies on residential and other schemes.  His work covers the full range of planning-related issues, including strategic advice on securing planning permission for major developments, advising acquiring authorities and objectors on compulsory purchase orders, advising affected landowners on DCOs, advising on CIL, drafting planning and highways agreements, local plan representations, and advising on planning appeals and judicial reviews.

Simon qualified and worked for ten years in the planning team at Dentons in London before joining the London Legacy Development Corporation as their principal planning solicitor. He then moved out of London and back into senior roles in private practice with a particular focus on complex schemes and residential development.


  • Advising business park developer on the acquisition and subsequent modernisation and extension of business park in Oxfordshire.
  • Advising developer in securing planning permission for 450-bed student housing scheme in Coventry.
  • Successfully advising Kings School, Macclesfield on securing planning permission in the Green Belt to relocate school campus and to redevelop existing sites for residential development, negotiating related s. 106 agreement.
  • Advising major national residential developers on re-planning residential schemes in Cheshire, Lancashire & Hertfordshire, including advice on EIA, CIL, highways issues and negotiating s. 106 agreements.
  • Advising St Helens District Council in successful promotion of compulsory purchase order to facilitate delivery of major transport interchange at Newton-le-Willows railway station.

Simon’s updates

Why planning permission may be needed when using your home for holiday lets

August 02, 2021

Living above the shop? New permitted development right

July 12, 2021

Will the new First Homes policy address the issue of housing affordability?

June 14, 2021