Sarah specialises in planning, highways, environment and local government projects. Sarah regularly advises clients on regeneration projects, compulsory purchase, development consent orders, planning applications, planning appeals, planning and highways agreements, enforcement, judicial review, data protection and governance. Most recently Sarah was Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer for Guildford Borough Council and managed a team of lawyers across a range of disciplines. Sarah has been involved in large projects that have required co-ordination and cross working across a range of departments and areas of experience. 

Due to Sarah's extensive local government experience, she is able to offer advice to clients (both private and public) whilst utilising her understanding of the competing priorities, conflicts and political backdrop that is often present in planning and highway matters.

Experience

Examples of experience at the London Borough of Hillingdon:

  • Worked with GLA, TfL, London Borough of Hounslow on the ending of the Cranford Agreement at Heathrow Airport. Co-ordinated the teams for the Planning Inquiry and worked closely with experts to produce appropriate evidence. Negotiated and drafted the Section 106 agreement
  • Various workstreams involving Heathrow Airport including the redevelopment of brownfield sites to hotels/car parking. Compulsory purchase negotiations in respect of compensation stemming from the development of T5

  • Comprehensive redevelopment of various former RAF MOD sites. All moved across to residential led schemes and negotiated and prepared the relevant planning and highway agreements

  • DCO for the M4 smart motorway improvements. Included  review and negotiation of impacts, requirements and s106 obligations

  • Resisted Compulsory Purchase Order in relation to Fmr Southall Gas Works site. This involved preparation of the Council's case, attendance at the Inquiry, negotiation on compensation and associated documentation. This was the first GLA promoted CPO

  • Resisted HS2 scheme on behalf of the Council. Reviewed impacts, assisted with legal challenge, presented at stakeholder information meetings, review of impacts on the Borough

  • Legal representative on planning committees.

Examples of experience at Guildford Borough Council:

  • Development of a road bridge scheme in conjunction with the County Council and Network Rail. Involved preparation and negotiation of land assembly (including private treaty agreements), planning agreements, preparation of planning policy and review of planning application

  • Redevelopment of a former industrial site at Fmr Slyfield Industrial Estate. Residential led scheme that required advice on a host of legal issues. Preparation of the planning application, stopping up orders, public rights of way, allotments and SANG

  • Preparation of the Council's controversial Local Plan. The Council faced thousands of objections due to the constraints around green belt, attended the hearings and advised on various issues throughout the process. Plan now adopted after successfully resisting three legal challenges

  • Redevelopment of Guildford town centre. Involved advice on relocation of key infrastructure, land acquisiton strategy, stopping up orders and diversions

  • Redevelopment of Former Wisley Airfield site. Successfully resisted planning appeal. Attended planning inquiry and negotiated and reviewed the planning agreement

  • Monitoring officer on a number of complaints, investigations and Council reviews

  • Attendance at all Council committees

  • Responsible for a large team of lawyers across a number of disciplines.