Sara Hanrahan Partner

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“Outstanding on all fronts, including technical knowledge, commercial awareness and client service.”

Chambers UK 2018
Sara specialises in urban redevelopment projects, particularly advising in relation to compulsory purchase and affordable housing schemes. 

Main areas of practice

Sara's private client work includes contentious and non-contentious planning, negotiating section 106 agreements and infrastructure agreements, compulsory purchase, listed building matters, highways, telecommunications and building regulations.


Her clients include developers, local authorities, housing associations and private clients.

Significant experience

Significant cases: Sara has recently worked on a number of key regeneration schemes in London and the South East including advising on the regeneration of the Nine Elms/Battersea Opportunity Area as well as being involved in major infrastructure railway projects.

Examples of some of her recent casework include:

  • Canada Water Basin Regeneration - As part of the £1.5bn Canada Water Basin regeneration, Sara completed a complex S106 agreement for this joint scheme between the Council, the LDA and a national house builder to deliver the highly publicised residential led mixed use scheme comprising over 1000 new homes plus various commercial units and an award winning £14m landmark public library
  • Loampit Vale town centre regeneration scheme - Sara completed the planning agreement for the new town centre scheme in Loampit Vale, Lewisham to provide a massive new urban quarter within the town. This scheme delivers over 780 new homes, new public space and in particular a new leisure centre with a competition sized state of the art swimming pool.
  • Basildon Regeneration - Sara advised on planning for the recently completed Station Road, Pitsea development in Basildon for a large mixed residential and retail scheme which forms the gateway into the town centre and was key to the area's master plan regeneration and included extensive public realm works.
  • Patching Lodge, Brighton - Sara negotiated a planning agreement for the redevelopment of a mixed use scheme for a major Housing Association which involved the construction of a seven-storey building comprising 76 sheltered housing flats together with community facilities and a care link office. An objection to the stopping up order by a local resident was not withdrawn and a successful public inquiry was held which Sara co-ordinated.

Other expertise

Articles: Sara is a regular contributor to Planning Magazine, Estates Gazette, Local Government News and Planning in London.


Sara’s Blog

CIL commencement notices: the proof is in the postage

Developers should take heed of the recent appeal to the Planning Inspector (reference APP/M0933/L/17/1200112) where the appellant was handed a surcharge for his failure to submit a commencement notice.

A planning authority's duty to give reasons

The Supreme Court recently held that in special circumstances a Local Planning Authority may be under a duty to give reasons for its decisions in the interest of fairness and openness, despite there being no general duty under statute.

It's finally out - the draft London Plan

The consultation period for the new draft London Plan officially starts today. The Mayor of London has included an ambitious target for London borough councils to build 65,000 homes every year over the next decade.

Articles by Sara

Oaklands Appeal for Greenbelt/MOL development allowed


In the recent appeal of Oaklands College and Taylor Wimpey Homes against a refusal by St Alban's City and District Council (reference APP/B1930/W/15/3051164)...

Autumn Budget 2017 – what does this mean for planning?


Earlier today the Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed the Government's Autumn Budget. The

Brexit: Solving the housing crisis?


Blake Morgan planning Partner Sara Hanrahan’s comments on proposals that more housing should be built in affluent areas are included in The Times law today.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Consultation on 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice for service charges in commercial property

On 25 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a consultation on the 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property.

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it

In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be.

NERCA and the List of Streets Exception

Our expert looks at the case of Trail Riders Fellowship v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other cases that involving the application of the exceptions.