Gemma is a Senior Associate in the Planning team.

Supporting clients with the planning law aspects of commercial and residential development projects and on planning issues arising in the context of property acquisitions and disposals.

Experienced in section 106 planning obligations, highway infrastructure agreements, the community infrastructure levy, planning enforcement, applications for a certificate of lawful development, claims of statutory nuisance and planning challenges brought in the High Court or via judicial review proceedings.

In addition, Gemma also deals with planning reviews and planning due diligence linked to property transactions.

Key clients include, developers, promoters, housebuilders, landowners, investors, private individuals and local authorities.  Notable clients include Quinn Estates, Persimmon Homes, Esquire Developments and Development House.

Recent examples of how Gemma has helped clients include:

  • satisfying a lender that there were no planning restrictions to prevent development on land earmarked for inclusion in a Cornish regeneration scheme, thereby securing an investor the funding of £23 million they needed to complete the purchase of the land;
  • negotiating a section 106 agreement between six parties with polarised views on the planning obligations that should be imposed on a controversial mixed-use development where the grant of planning permission was to be decided through a recovered appeal;
  • negotiating a section 106 agreement for a football club, on a called-in application, which enabled the development of a new football stadium and 42 affordable houses on green belt land; and
  • carrying out due diligence on agricultural land and buildings to satisfy an investor that there were no planning restrictions to prevent use of the land and building for non-agricultural purposes, thereby paving the way for a £13 million property acquisition.