Of the more substantial development schemes on which Melissa has worked, many have involved the production of an Environmental Statement. Melissa has provided advice as to what they should address, the form they should take, and the applicable consultation requirements. For local authorities and objectors, Melissa has been tasked to examine critically the adequacy of such statements, with measurable success (eg in relation to the Croydon Gateway case where she was instructed by Herbert Smith as a junior, for Stanhope and Schroders).
Melissa has considerable experience of water and flooding issues, including having worked with the Environment Agency to object to the development of a block of flats on Southend Eastern Esplanade, an objection which founded the Inspector’s rejection of that proposal.
Her current High Court work includes a judicial review of a local authority’s decision to grant retrospective planning permission for a fish farm. The issues include consideration of whether Environmental Impact Assessment ought to have been required; and whether conditions precluding water abstraction beyond de minimis levels are fit for purpose.