Rachel advises on a broad range of planning issues. Her expertise includes acting for promoters throughout the application and examination stages of Development Consent Orders, legal review of planning applications, and advising on complex infrastructure agreements.  

She also regularly advises on contentious planning matters, including planning appeals and judicial review, and is currently acting for an Interested Party in relation to three judicial review claims that have been appealed to the Court of Appeal


Examples of experience include:

  • Assisting with advising an acquiring authority on making a compulsory purchase order for leisure premises including analysing the planning history of the site, assisting with drafting key documents and preparing for inquiry with core documents and witness statements
  • Assisting with advising an acquiring authority in relation to both the making and confirmation of a compulsory purchase order for a mixed use retail and housing regeneration project, including preparation of the order and map for over 250 plots, preparation of core documents and witness statements for public inquiry, working to statutory deadlines and preparing and serving statutory notices
  • Assisting in relation to judicial review of the Secretary of State's refusal to confirm a Section 257 Order to stop up a level crossing
  • Assisting with advising a local authority promoter of a development consent order, including advice in relation to bridges over disused railway
  • Advising a local authority in relation to options open to it to require repairs to a listed building owned by a third party, including the repairs notice procedure which leads to a listed building compulsory purchase order
  • Drafting and negotiating section 106 planning agreements, unilateral undertakings and section 106A deeds of variation for developers, housebuilders, education providers and private landowners for housing developments and mixed use sites.