Lydia O’Hagan, Associate
Lydia advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law
Lydia acts for landowners, developers and investors on all aspects of planning and environmental law. She negotiates planning and infrastructure agreements with local authorities and advises on planning applications, appeals and court challenges. She also provides specialist planning and environmental advice on real estate and corporate transactions.
Prior to moving to London Lydia worked as solicitor in New Zealand advising a range of local authorities, central government bodies and corporate clients on environmental and resource management issues. She appeared as junior counsel in the Environment Court, a specialist planning law court in New Zealand.
Lydia O’Hagan is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand.
- Advising residential developers on section 106 agreements for a range of developments across the south east including provisions on affordable housing, viability reviews and SANG
- Providing advice on changes to a major development in South London including through section 73 and 96A applications
- Managing a planning appeal for a retirement village developer including collation of the evidence
- Advising on statutory challenges to appeal decisions and judicial reviews of decisions of a local planning authority
Tall Buildings In London: Challenges and Opportunities
How will new policies, including the adoption of the London Plan, affect the delivery of tall buildings in the capital and beyond?
Retail Repurposing: Helping or hindering the high street
A controversial new permitted development right allowing unused commercial premises to be converted into homes will take effect in August.
New permitted development right to convert unused commercial premises into homes to come into force
Help or hindrance: What do local design codes mean for the development community?
Council refuses permission for a high rise residential development in Woking
Homes England ditches requirement to provide evidence of discharge of conditions to qualify for the 2021-23 HTB scheme
High Court finds that C2 extra care scheme not exempt from affordable housing requirements
The relevant development plan policy - relating to a site - will define whether or not affordable housing is required.
Planning Reform – The Second Wave
Read our analysis of the long awaited White Paper and what it means for the Planning industry.
Bad business - Landlord of unlawful HMO to pay back over £500k from ill-gotten gains
Build Build Build - Extending Working Hours
You can now apply to extend construction hours
Community Infrastructure Levy: Deferring a Payment
Extending Expired & Expiring Permissions
What does the new Business and Planning Act 2020 mean
Permitted development: a right to demolish & construct new dwellings
Exploring the new right allowing the demolition of certain buildings and the construction of new dwellings in their place.
Permitted development: Construction of new flats on commercial / mixed use or residential terraces and detached buildings
Additional rights will allow the construction of new flats on certain commercial and residential buildings.
Permitted Development: A right to construct new dwellings
We explore the new right to allow the upward extension of purpose-built blocks of flats in England.
New Business and Planning Bill 2020 to introduce planning measures to boost recovery
The new Business and Planning Bill 2020 will introduce a range of reforms in a bid to promote post-lockdown economic recovery and growth.
Extension to period for implementation of permissions
Inspectors uphold surcharges imposed for failure to submit Commencement Notices
In this article, we discuss the requirements of the Commencement Notice submission through a recent case.