Head of Planning
Amanda has over 20 years’ experience of planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and highways law. She is a qualified planner as well as a solicitor and leads the planning team.
Amanda is a leading individual in Legal 500 and has been rated in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories for many years. She has most recently been described in Legal 500 as "superb with a keen eye for small detail and offers commercial and practical advice" and in Chambers & Partners as someone who is “client-focused, immensely approachable" and who "gives consistently practical and comprehensible advice to clients". Other quotes from the directories include “excellent and well respected”, “Capable of mastering complex and specialist issues", “Extremely pleasant to deal with”, “Knowledgeable in her field”, “Instils confidence with her straightforward advice” and “Praised for her wealth of experience and business orientated approach …. impeccable ability to work to deadline and her easy and calm manner with the client breeds confidence”.
The Planning Law Survey has named Amanda in the national top 20 highest rated planning solicitors for 2018. Amanda has acted for a wide range of clients, including private sector developers, national infrastructure providers, residential developers and local authorities.
Amanda’s planning experience includes planning appeals, heritage legislation, planning enforcement, planning judicial reviews and legal challenges, Development Consent Orders, Section 106 Agreements, Environmental Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment and compulsory purchase. Examples of planning projects Amanda has dealt with include the following:
- Acting for Extra MSA Group to help successfully secure planning permission and conclude subsequent statutory agreements for a new £60million motorway service area at junction 45 of the M1;
- Representing Barratt Homes on a successful planning appeal for a large residential development;
- Objecting to a Compulsory Purchase Order for the redevelopment of the Ealing Cinema site in Ealing, London;
- Acting on the judicial review of York City Council's decision to grant planning permission for a visitor centre at Clifford's Tower York, which led to English Heritage's decision not to construct the visitor centre as permitted;
- Acting for Lidl UK in relation to a number of planning agreements and strategic planning advice;
- Acting for Greggs Plc on a variety of planning matters affecting its operational portfolio, including responding to government consultations on proposed changes to planning law;
- Advising on compulsory purchase issues relating to the route of the High Speed Rail 2;
- Advising a landowner on the development of the biggest regeneration site in Derbyshire for mixed use purposes;
- Advising a number of landowners on the promotion of development sites in local development plans, including at examinations in public.
Amanda is President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Planning Group of the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the British Chambers of Commerce's Experts Panel on Planning. She is also a member of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Group.
Amanda is an editorial board member of the Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal and the Regeneration of Volume of CIPSA/TIS Online. She is the author of the British Urban Regeneration Handbook, Planning and Environment Chapter, has published numerous articles and has spoken at professional events organised by the RTPI, TCPI, RICS and others.