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Jo has over 20 years experience of dealing with Planning, Highway and associated matters. She started her career in local government and became the Head of the Planning and Highways legal team at a metropolitan authority. Having joined private practice she regularly advises private and public sector clients on a range of planning matters including on major regeneration schemes in London including providing advice on complex CIL issues and Section 106 agreements. She has advised on heritage matters including the negotiation of Heritage Partnership Agreements in respect of large heritage assets. She also advises on appeals and enforcement matters. In addition to planning she has been involved with resisting applications to list buildings and land as assets of community value and in resisting many applications to have land listed as a Town and Village Green. She also has the experience of advising on complex highways matters in both the public and private sector. She is recognised in Chambers and Legal 500 as a 'recommended lawyer'.
Are local planning authorities required to publish drafts (rather than final signed versions) of agreements made under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 on their planning register?
Can vehicular (car or van) use be exercised over a public bridleway by the landowner and their visitors, contractors and other invitees or is use limited to only horses, carts, cyclists and pedestrians?
Does a local authority have a power to declare a street to be a highway maintainable at public expense, or is it a duty?
How much detail is required from the Local Authority when requesting an annual fee to protected sites in accordance with section 5 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960?
If a planning application has been granted on the basis of there being imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI) and as a result compensatory measures have been granted, what would happen to the planning permission if the grounds on which the IROPI case was made out no longer exist? Would the compensation measures still stand?
If a planning officer has informally indicated that a trench excavated by a developer constitutes commencement of development, can the council refuse a subsequent certificate of lawfulness application because it considers the same trench de minimis and insufficient to trigger commencement?
In relation to a confirmed compulsory purchase order, can the local authority continue to negotiate voluntary buy backs with leaseholders after a preliminary notice of a general vesting declaration has been given?
In relation to agricultural ties, to what extent does the occupier need to be engaged in employment for the purposes of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 and Town and Country Planning Act 1990?
Is it possible for highways drainage to be adopted under an agreement made under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980, to become maintainable at the public expense? If so, does this mean the highways authority will have rights of access to carry out maintenance and repairs to its drainage on a third party's land?
What happens to private drainage easements when the drain is transferred to the statutory undertaker pursuant to the Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011, SI 2011/1566? Are the formal rights of the private easement extinguished as a result of the adoption?
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