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Laura Parrish

Senior Associate, Planning

Laura is a Senior Associate in the Planning team. She advises on all aspects of planning law, including related areas such as enforcement, compulsory purchase and judicial review.

Laura acts for a range of private and public sector clients as well as development companies, institutional pension funds, charities, rural estates and private individuals. In particular, she advises on the planning aspects of property transactions, the negotiation and preparation of section 106 and section 278 agreements and the strategy for obtaining planning permission and other consents in respect of larger development proposals. Laura has acted for third parties affected by compulsory purchase orders, including HS2 and TfL schemes. She also has experience advising on heritage matters, including proposed works to listed buildings.

She graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a BA in History and an MSt in Modern British and European History. She was awarded a Scholarship at New College, Oxford, in 2007. Laura completed the GDL and LPC at BPP Law School, Waterloo, achieving a distinction.

Laura completed her training at Forsters and qualified in 2014.

Judicial Review challenge to the recent permitted development right and use class changes dismissed by the High Court

On 17 November 2020, Lord Justice Lewis and Mr Justice Holgate dismissed the Judicial Review challenge to the government’s recent changes to permitted development rights and use classes on all grounds.

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Planning Reforms: True revolution or plus ça change…?

Podcast host, Miri Stickland, is joined by Head of Planning, Partner Victoria Du Croz, and senior associate, Laura Parrish, to discuss the impact of recent changes to the Use Classes Order and Permitted Development Rights as well as further planning reforms which are still to come.

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Project Speed: “to build better; to build greener; to build faster”

Giving a speech on 30 June 2020, Boris Johnson declared the UK government’s intention to deliver “the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the second world war” as it attempts to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Project Speed: “to build better; to build greener; to build faster”

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