Kirsten is an experienced planning lawyer who heads the Planning and CPO team. Her particular expertise is in dealing with long term regeneration projects, negotiating partnership arrangements between local authorities and developers to bring forward strategic development sites which will be completed over decades. Kirsten also has experience of public inquiries, heritage buildings, compulsory purchase and infrastructure projects.
Her recent project experience includes:
- advising Grainger Plc in partnership with the MoD for the redevelopment of Aldershot Army Town to provide 3850 residential dwellings together with a mix of commercial and community uses. Kirsten has advised on all planning and highway aspects including the formulation of the hybrid planning application to take account of the number of listed structures and scheduled ancient monuments;
- advising the Defence Infrastructure Organisation on the planning requirements for service family accommodation in Salisbury and Catterick to house troops returning from Germany;
- advising an energy company on achieving planning consent for a number of energy from waste sites across the UK including advice on appeal and green belt issues.
Kirsten started her career in local authority then joined Lovells (now Hogan Lovells). Kirsten has been a partner at Shoosmiths since 2004 and has led the planning team since 2010.
Kirsten has been identified as a leading individual in the legal directories consistently since 2003 and has lectured on all aspects of planning law including judicial review and CIL as these provisions have changed recently.