Delivering planning permission for challenging projects throughout the South East
Brigid joined Bell Cornwell’s team in 2021 and is an Associate based in our Hampshire office. With a background in law, Brigid has an eclectic range of planning and development experience with a skill set to manage policy and environmental matters.
Brigid has worked on residential and mixed-use schemes across the South East, many of which involved the complex redevelopment of brownfield sites. Brigid works collaboratively with her clients and their team to ensure early identification of key issues and a smooth and well managed process. She is also an IEMA certified practitioner, working in environmental impact assessment.
Brigid spent the first 9 years of her career as a planning and environmental solicitor (working on appeals, enforcement, and section 106 agreements) in both the private and public sectors. She then moved into planning and environmental consultancy at the end of 2012. From 2020 to 2021, immediately before joining Bell Cornwell, Brigid was Principal Planner in the Winchester City Council Strategic Planning Team. In this role she was developing the new Local Plan and running the Call for Sites and SHELAA process.
After two bachelor’s degrees in law and science (ecology), Brigid studied a part time MSc in Spatial Planning and Development at Reading University alongside her work in the consultancy sector. Her Masters dissertation considered the role of planning in children’s exposure to air pollution whilst at play in London. This work achieved the highest grade of her cohort and was shortlisted for an Royal Town Planning Institute Research Award. Brigid become a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2021 via the Experienced Practitioner route.