Anna Russell-Knee

Anna Russell-Knee specialises in planning and environmental law, advising on Section 106 agreements, certificates of lawful development, planning enforcement matters, injunctions, judicial review proceedings (and other High Court litigation), prosecutions and maladministration complaints. She has been a member of the Property Section committee since May 2017.

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    Unplanned events


    The government’s new planning white paper proposes significant changes to a planning system already changed by the pandemic. Anna Russell-Knee provides a personal perspective on the current planning system and the proposals

  • Planning obligations

    Building blocks


    Anna Russell-Knee provides a beginner’s guide to section 106 obligations, including their purpose, what to consider when one appears on a local search, and the potential effects of the pandemic on these obligations

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    Plan of action


    Last year, the government published a significantly revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework. Anna Russell-Knee outlines some of the changes, and how they will affect clients wishing to develop property now and in the future

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    Forgive and forget


    Certificates of lawful development provide a way for property owners to prove the lawfulness of unauthorised development, after a certain period of time has passed. Anna Russell-Knee explains how they work in practice

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    Within reason


    Recent case law and regulations confirm that local planning authorities must give reasons for either granting planning permission or refusing to grant it. Anna Russell-Knee explains what this means for those wanting to challenge a planning decision

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    The green light


    The government has recently introduced a number of amendments affecting permitted development rights. Anna Russell-Knee outlines the changes

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    Hidden agenda


    Concealed development first made headlines in 2011, when Robert Fidler built a mansion and hid it behind a wall of hay bales. Anna Russell outlines the current law around permission for development, including where there is concealment or deception