Helen is an established professional with over 15 years in private consultancy who acts for a wide range of clients across a number of property sectors.
With her experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams on a number of major projects, Helen has particular skills and experience in negotiating complex issues to secure planning permissions and allocations for large scale residential, commercial and mixed use urban extensions and regeneration projects. These have included an urban extension for a new community at Chilmington Green on the south west of Ashford for up to 5,750 homes; a mixed use regeneration scheme comprising 20,500sqm of office space, 200 residential units and a hotel; a multi modal distribution park comprising 120,000sqm of B8 uses, rail sidings and a new connection to the Great Eastern mainline; a new sixth form centre comprising 20,750sqm of education and ancillary floor space.
Increasingly Helen has been and continues to lead projects requiring the promotion of proposals through Neighbourhood Development Plans. A large majority of the projects Helen advises on are sites within the Green Belt.
Helen regularly represents clients through the public consultation process, including public exhibitions, planning for real exercises, stakeholder forums and council meetings – engaging with stakeholders and the wider community to achieve positive and time effective outcomes for clients. In addition to identifying land in areas with potential for growth through site sieving exercises, ahead of and through the Development Plan preparation process, Helen has successfully demonstrated deficits in local authorities' five year housing land supplies.
Helen is experienced in managing the preparation and co-ordination of Environmental Statements. Helen has appeared as expert witness at Section 78 appeal inquiries and at Development Plan Examination in Public.
Prior to establishing CODE, Helen was a Director at Boyer Planning in Twickenham and prior to that a Partner at Bidwells. With Bidwells originally in Norwich Helen moved initially to Ipswich and then to King's Langley to head up and grow the teams in these locations.