Leenamari Aantaa-Collier is a Partner and Head of the Planning Law team at The Wilkes Partnership.
Leenamari advises clients in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning law. This includes advising on the legal issues relating to applications, planning obligations, appeals, enforcement matters, injunctions, judicial reviews and Section 288 appeals.
Leenamari has a wealth of specialist knowledge and understanding of these areas that is founded upon her experience in Local Government and thereafter in the private sector. Leenamari spent many years as a LPA Principal Solicitor during which time she was concerned with extensive development management matters, including major development proposals and appeals along with the associated legal implications.
Her responsibilities also included supervision of the legal issues concerned with Plan making. In addition, Leenamari gained considerable practical experience in enforcement matters, including injunctions and the application of POCA. On moving from Local Government to the private sector Leenamari has been able to offer her unique insight and judgment to assist her clients (including many LPAs and other public bodies / NGOs).
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Defending a local authority in relation to a Section70C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) (decline to determine a planning application). This section was brought in by the Localism Act and at the time, had never been tested in the High Court.
Acting for a large NHS Foundation Trust in a legal challenge against the Secretary of State’s decision in relation to a substantial Section 106 contribution.
SDC v Secretary of State and other interested parties (Shottery): The Appeal and Section 288 legal challenge encompassed the NPPF and resultant tension with the UK obligations pursuant to the Aarhus convention.
SDC v Summers Holdings Limited and others, which is an example of a Planning Authority using the POCA 2002 following successful enforcement proceedings. This matter also included complex legal issues in relation to lifting the corporate veil.