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I am the head of planning at Cripps. I find the planning world fascinating because it is constantly evolving – it requires an ability to see the bigger picture as well as to focus on small details.

With over 15 years’ experience as a planning lawyer in both private practice and for central government, my role includes advising on strategic and complex planning matters including the preparation of section 106 agreements to support large scale housing and mixed use development, highways and infrastructure, judicial review, compulsory purchase orders and regeneration schemes.

I act for developers and strategic land promoters, local authorities and institutional investors on a range of large scale regeneration and development projects.

I enjoy working in collaboration with clients to help achieve their wider strategic goals and providing practical advice on the complex process of securing valuable planning consents to unlock the potential of development land.

I am ranked in the leading legal directory, Chambers and Partners 2024.

Areas of expertise:

  • Development
  • Section 106 Agreements
  • Planning applications (review and strategic advice)
  • Highways and infrastructure
  • Planning appeals and judicial review
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Community infrastructure levy
  • Viability
  • Certificates of lawfulness
  • Permitted development
  • Use classes

Qualifications and memberships

  • Admitted as a solicitor in October 2006
If I'm unavailable, please contact:

Claire Watson

Legal Secretary
+44 (0)1892 506 087
[email protected]

Shannon Coster

Legal Secretary Team Leader
+44 (0)1892 489 590
[email protected]

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