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Planning and Environmental Law

Hannah is quickly developing a successful practice in all areas of planning and environmental law. She has experience acting for clients in planning matters in the High Court, Court of Appeal, magistrates’ court, at public inquiries and at informal hearings.

Hannah acts for developers, local planning authorities, parish councils, third-party groups and individuals at all stages of the planning process. She frequently advises clients on the implications of planning law and policy, development control and enforcement.  

Before being called to the Bar in 2015, she spent some time working for a planning consultancy, which gives her a useful and practical perspective on cases.

Her broad public law and local government practice, which means Hannah is regularly in the High Court, gives her a growing expertise in all aspects of judicial review. She is therefore well placed to deal with planning judicial reviews and statutory challenges as sole counsel or led. She also is able to advise clients about their public law and statutory duties in matters such as: conduct of meetings, conflicts of interest, public sector equality duty, advertisement and notification requirements and consultation.

She regularly speaks at seminars on key developments in planning and environmental law and materials from these talks are available here.

Notable recent work includes:

  • The Whitechapel Estate:appeared with Reuben Taylor QC for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets at a 10-day inquiry concerning a major mixed-use development at the Whitechapel Estate in Tower Hamlets, a strategically important site in the borough. Key issues included heritage, tall buildings policy, design quality, amenity and technical daylight/sunlight matters. 
  • Howbury Park Strategic Rail Freight Interchange: instructed with Tim Mould QC to appear for Dartford Borough Council at a forthcoming 3-week inquiry concerning Howbury Park Strategic Rail Freight Interchange. Key issues include air quality, transport impacts and application of the “very special circumstances” Green Belt test. Hannah welcomes infrastructure instructions.
  • Samuel Smith v North Yorkshire: appeared with Nathalie Lieven QC in the High Court and Court of Appeal for North Yorkshire County Council in a significant case on the meaning of “openness” of the Green Belt in the NPPF.
  • East Bergholt Parish Council v Babergh District Council: acting with Sasha Blackmore for East Bergholt Parish Council in planning judicial review concerning five-year housing land supply and the implications of the St Modwen Court of Appeal judgment.
  • Selby District Council v SSCLG: successfully acted for Selby District Council in section 288 challenge to a Planning Inspector’s decision concerning five-year housing land supply.
  • Riniker v Haringey LBC and Tottenham Hotspur: resisted permission with Nathalie Lieven QC in relation to judicial review of grant of planning permission for mixed use development by Tottenham Hotspur football club.
  • Informal hearings: represented Stroud Green Residents Group at a planning appeal by developer against refusal of London Borough of Haringey to grant permission for 9 residential units on backland site. Raised issues such as privacy and amenity, character and appearance, impact on conservation area and other heritage assets.
  • Planning enforcement: planning enforcement proceedings in the Crown Court, POCA matters and planning enforcement order proceedings in the magistrates’ court.
  • Advice: Hannah has recently advised on a broad range of planning and environmental matters, such as permitted development rights, material change of use, use classes, lawful development certificates, flat amalgamations, student housing, affordable housing, and viability.