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Planning and Environmental Law

Hannah is developing a broad planning and environmental practice. She has appeared on behalf of clients at planning appeal hearings and in the High Court. As a pupil to Robert Walton and Tim Buley, Hannah assisted in a spectrum of planning, local government and environmental law matters. Hannah has experience in the following areas:  

  • permitted development rights
  • planning enforcement, including planning enforcement orders
  • lawful development certificates
  • change of use (notably in the context of flat deconversions)
  • affordable housing and viability
  • interpretation of planning policy
  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
  • heritage assets
  • green belt policy
  • parks and open spaces. 

Notable examples: 

  • Led by Nathalie Lieven QC, Hannah recently acted successfully for North Yorkshire County Council in Samuel Smith Old Brewery v North Yorkshire County Council [2017] EWHC 442 (Admin), a judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant permission for an extension to a pre-existing limestone quarry in the vicinity of the Claimants’ brewery. This case has particular implications for the approach to Green Belt policy in the National Planning Policy Framework. She is currently instructed by North Yorkshire in the Claimants’ appeal to the Court of Appeal.

  • Successfully representing the Stroud Green Residents Group as a third party to a planning appeal by a developer against the refusal of the London Borough of Haringey to grant permission for 9 residential units on a backland site. Raised issues such as privacy and amenity, character and appearance, and impact on a conservation area and other heritage assets.  

  • Led by Nathalie Lieven QC, acting for the London Borough of Haringey in Riniker v Haringey LBC and Tottenham Hotspur, successfully resisting permission in relation to a judicial review of a grant of planning permission for mixed use development.   

  • Acting in planning enforcement order proceedings in the magistrates’ court.