Sarah Eley

Senior Planner

MA (Hons) Geography | MA Urban Design | Diploma Town Planning | MRTPI

Sarah Eley has worked with HTA’s planning team as a planning consultant since 2009. In 2016 she joined the team as permanent member of staff in the planning team who were awarded RTPI Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 2016 and The Planning Award for Planning Consultancy of the Year 2017.

Sarah has worked on a wide variety of projects in London and the South East, ranging from small residential sites to major applications for housing-led mixed use development and estate regeneration.  Sarah has worked with clients, consultants and officers on projects which have had a variety of challenges including the impact of proposals on existing dwellings in estate regeneration schemes, heritage issues such as conservation areas and listed buildings, Green Belt designation and landscaping issues.

Before joining HTA, Sarah worked at Roger Tym & Partners carrying out feasibility and retail studies for local authorities in order to provide background evidence for borough or district-wide strategies including LB Camden, East Cambridgeshire District Council and Oxford City Council.  She also assisted in the preparation of housing land availability assessments including Chiltern District Council, retail impact assessments for food supermarket applications in the UK and a proposed district shopping centre in Ireland. Sarah has also undertaken planning policy appraisals for central government in relation to major transport infrastructure proposals.

Current projects include work on behalf of LB Islington for their New Build and Regeneration team for a number of schemes within the Borough.  Sarah secured planning permission for 54 new units on Triangle Estate, Goswell Road for a scheme designed by LB Islington Architects. Dwellings are also proposed as a new storey on top of the three existing blocks which currently stand at six storeys. The provision of dwellings through the creation of an additional storey will present construction challenges; but these units are an opportunity to create more dwellings on a centrally located site within a densely developed London area.

Other work has included planning advice for: capacity studies for a range of sites in both urban and rural locations; a purpose built extra care facility for the elderly in Dover District on behalf of a housing association; proposals for tall buildings for student accommodation in Wembley; and advertising consent.

A recent project for infill housing development on Redbrick Estate for 55 mixed tenure dwelling units gained permission in November 2015. This mixed-use proposal designed by Levitt Bernstein included two retail units and a replacement community centre, set out in three blocks ranging from two to nine storeys in height. The application involved the relocation of an existing community use on the site to a nearby location, and the necessary associated planning application for this relocation.  Sarah has also secured planning permission for 20 new mixed tenure dwellings designed by John Thompson and Partners for estate regeneration on the Camden Estate, also within LB Islington.