Sara Hanrahan Partner
“Outstanding on all fronts, including technical knowledge, commercial awareness and client service.”
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 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 An objection to the stopping up order by a local resident was not withdrawn and a successful public inquiry was held which Sara co-ordinated.
Articles: Sara is a regular contributor to Planning Magazine, Estates Gazette, Local Government News and Planning in London.
Consultation is underway on draft regulations which seek to create an exemption to a local planning authority's need to obtain the applicant's written agreement to a pre-commencement condition.
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.
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.
Articles by Sara
Sir Oliver Letwin’s housing review was set up to look into the gap between housing completions and the amount of land which has received permission for housing.
'Land-banking is a myth that just won't be debunked'
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)...
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