Heidi Copland

Partner

Planning and Environment

Highly experienced planning and environmental lawyer who has a thorough understanding of regulatory frameworks and is able to secure results for both private and public sector clients in delivering development projects and providing associated advice.

Heidi heads up  the firm’s planning and environment group which is made up of both planners and solicitors. The team is highly regarded and has an enviable track record of success in delivering complex major development and regeneration projects both for public and private sector clients.

Heidi is particularly experienced in the negotiation and drafting of section 106 agreements, highways and infrastructure agreements. She has considerable experience of contentious issues and acts in judicial review and statutory review claims, planning appeals, statutory nuisance appeals and planning and environmental prosecutions.

She has a particular interest in highways and rights of way, heritage and enforcement and can guide clients through the complexities of these areas.

Work highlights

LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Acting for a number of Local Planning Authorities assisting them with their section 106 caseload.  This includes bespoke solutions to secure aspects such as affordable housing (including new tenures), water neutrality and biodiversity net gain and viability review mechanisms


HOUSEBUILDERS

Acting for a number of residential developers on their planning agreements (section 106) and highways/water infrastructure agreements (sections 38, 278 and 104 etc.)


BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION FOOTBALL CLUB / THE COMMUNITY STADIUM LIMITED

Advising on their planning and related legal work which has included securing planning permission for a new Stadium, new Training Ground and strategic mixed use development and all associated planning and infrastructure agreements and rights of way diversions


NEWHAVEN PORT & PROPERTIES LTD

Assisting the Port in protecting Port activities and achieving growth and development. Including acting in the landmark Supreme Court case on village greens (Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd) v East Sussex County Council 2015), a public rights of way inquiry, footpath diversion orders and infrastructure agreements


LISTED BUILDINGS

Advising an architect about works carried out to a listed property in London and the ongoing enforcement investigation including submission of listed building consent applications, appeals against listed building and planning enforcement notices and representation at the hearing into these appeals


Recent articles

Events

Property and Planning breakfast seminar, Brighton, June 2024

Network with colleagues in the field over bacon rolls before hearing the latest news from our team.

15/05/2024

Events

Property and Planning breakfast seminar, Crawley, June 2024

Join our expert Real Estate and Planning teams in Crawley  as we bring you the latest updates in Property law and answer your questions.

14/05/2024

Insights

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill; New power to grant substantially similar planning permission

Part four of our exploration into the new planning proposals includes a look at alternative permission routes for minor changes to property

23/06/2022

Insights

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: planning proposals: part 2

In part two of our Planning series, we look at changes to time limits and appeals within the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill

07/06/2022