Charlotte has experience of a broad spectrum of planning, development and highways matters, both contentious and non-contentious.
She advises a range of clients including national housebuilders, local authorities and landowners and is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of Section 106, highway and infrastructure agreements. She works on applications, appeals and judicial reviews and has appeared at public inquiries for major housing, retail and renewable energy schemes, including on-shore wind projects. She also has a strong understanding of planning enforcement, compulsory purchase and compensation issues.
Charlotte’s experience includes advising:
- in the successful defence of a High Court challenge against planning permission for a large hotel scheme;
- on the appeal against refusal by a local planning authority of permission for a major housing scheme outside of the settlement boundary;
- on appeal against refusal by a local planning authority of permission for a commercial business park, including 48,000sq ms of new employment space on land allocated within the emerging local plan;
- a local authority in respect of a major regeneration scheme of a market town backed by a major retailer. The scheme involved the compulsory acquisition of large areas of land to provide for the regeneration of the town, provision of a new link road and new retail space;
- at Public Inquiry for the successful compulsory purchase of a large derelict property in North Wales, using planning powers to enable a development scheme funded by the Welsh Assembly Government in a housing improvement project area to commence;
- on enforcement issues relating to a major housing scheme, the merits of an enforcement appeal and the steps to take to secure the successful withdrawal of an enforcement notice;
- commercial clients in respect of planning issues on the disposal and purchase of property, including advising on changes of use, the application and extent of permitted development rights and office to residential schemes;
- a local authority in a Section 78 TCPA enquiry appeal for the proposal of a nine turbine wind farm and ancillary development. The appeal involved technical noise and landscape arguments. This recovered appeal was dismissed by the Secretary of State.