Sarah is repeatedly rated as a “fighter” in this area of the law, and has a consistent track record. She is regularly pitched against QCs in appeals.

Sarah has extensive experience of working with local authorities and developers in all development and enforcement cases. She regularly appears at planning inquiries, hearings, prosecutions and appeals, including the High Court, relating to all aspects of planning development, enforcement and regulatory matters.

Sarah has detailed experience of:

  • Housing
  • Retail development
  • Heritage issues
  • HMO’s
  • Protected species issues
  • Minerals
  • Highways & footpaths
  • Listed Buildings Prosecutions
  • Transport
  • Care homes
  • Waste and recycling
  • Environmental issues
  • ROMPs & Prohibition Orders
  • Protected Species
  • Magistrates’ & Crown Court


  • Acted for Flintshire County Council at the Flintshire Unitary Development Plan Inquiry.
  • Staffordshire County Council, Cat & Kittens Lane, Featherstone, Staffordshire: Park & Ride and development of up to 1000 dwellings
  • Gloucestershire County Council, Farm Lane, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire: 360 dwellings as part of a strategic allocation of up to 3000 dwellings in the RSS.
  • Acted for the Developer in relation to the regeneration of St Michael’s Industrial Quarter in Bridport.
  • Melap Singh –v- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council ( S. 288 Appeal). [ For the Claimant]
  • Kirpal Singh v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Coventry City Council (s. 289 Appeal and Judicial Review). [ For the Claimant]
  • R.F.Salvidge Farms Recycling Site ( Waltet), Hampshire County Council: Strategic Waste Transfer / Recycling Facility ( secured permanent permission at Inquiry). [For the Developer].
  • R (Gillespie) v Tewkesbury Borough Council and Kingsdell Properties Ltd (Admin) [For the LPA]
  • The Bank, Wakefield v Home Office &West Yorkshire Police (2012). For The Bank. Consent Order from the Home Office and Police in Appellant’s favour.
  • Sahara Sandpit, Quarry & Landfill; Melksham 2012: ( Certificate of Lawfulness waste recycling secured at Inquiry). For the Developer. Appeal allowed.
  • Land at Audley Avenue Newport, Telford 2012; Junior to Ian Dove QC; Application for Supermarket. [For the LPA]
  • Oakland International (Seafield Farm) Bromsgrove; Major international chilled storage and distribution centre in the Green Belt. For Bromsgrove District Council; 2014. Appeal refused.
  • St Christophers Drive & Oundle Bypass, Northamptonshire, Outline Application by Persimmon for 95 units. For the LPA; 2014. Appeal refused.
  • For the Developer. Thrupp Farm, Radley, Oxfordshire; Rare and complex appeal ( 5 day Inquiry) against a Prohibition Order; (ROMP) 2014. Prohibition Order not confirmed.
  • Bridgerow Ltd v Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council [2014] EWHC 1187 (Admin). For Bridgerow Ltd. Appeal allowed.
  • Pershore Road, Evesham, Worcestershire; BFP Developments LLP, outline up to 126 dwellings in a Strategic Gap. For Wychavon District Council; 2015. Appeal refused.
  • Tewkesbury Road, Bredon, Worcestershire; Gladman Developments Ltd, outline up to 98 units. Heritage issues. For Wychavon District Council; 2015. Appeal refused.
  • Land at Whitford Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire; Catesby Estates Ltd & Miller Homes Ltd; outline up to 490 dwellings. Transport issues. For Bromsgrove District Council, 2015. Appeal refused.
  • Leckhampton, Shurdington Road, Cheltenham; Bovis Homes Ltd and Miller Homes Ltd; outline up to 650 dwellings, mixed use local centre, & primary school; 2015. [For the LPA]


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