Sarah Eley

MA (Hons) Geography MA Urban Design Diploma T

Associate, Senior Planner

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. She also assisted in the preparation of housing land availability assessments, 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.

Sarah has provided planning advice on several major schemes for mixed tenure housing, sometimes with an element of mixed use,  in LB Islington on their housing estates, developing a detailed understanding of planning policies and issues in the Borough.

Work has included: undertaking negotiations with planning officers and advising the design team;  co-ordinating responses and submissions from other consultants; attending consultation events;  providing the Planning Statement and Statement of Community of Involvement; submission of the application; ensuring responses are provided during the consultation period; and  taking the application to Committee.

These projects have had a variety of challenges, including the impact of proposals on the amenity of existing dwellings on the Estate, heritage issues such as conservation areas and listed buildings, and landscaping, arboricultural and transport issues.

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.

Sarah has also secured planning permission for infill housing (55 units of mixed tenure) and a replacement community centre on Redbrick Estate near to Old Street. The application involved the relocation of an existing community use to a nearby location, and the necessary associated planning application for this relocation.

Recently Sarah has submitted applications for schemes in Newington Green, Archway and Holloway.

Other work includes schemes for housing in Broxbourne, East Herts and Harlow; student housing in Wembley; and extra care facility for the elderly in Dover District, and providing responses to government policy.

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