Leeds corporate solicitors Shulmans has recruited a new partner as Head of Planning within its new Planning and Environmental team.
Amanda Beresford, described in the Legal 500 as someone who “instils confidence with her straightforward advice”, joins from Addleshaw Goddard LLP where she headed up the Leeds Planning and Environment Team.
Amanda brings with her a wealth of experience in advising on all forms of planning and environmental matters, including compulsory purchase, highways, development consent orders and heritage.
She has particular expertise in working with major developers on mixed use developments, such as acting for Strawson Properties on a sustainable mixed use scheme on a brownfield ex-RAF site including 600 dwellings, ten hectares of employment land and 163 hectares of biomass production for an on-site biomass energy plant.
Amanda also provided planning and associated compulsory purchase advice to Muse Developments and Urban Splash to develop a 20 hectares derelict area for a £300m mixed use development at North Shore, Stockton.
On her reasons for joining the firm, Amanda said:
“It’s an exciting time for me to be joining Shulmans.
“There is currently so much happening in the region from a planning perspective, from the Leeds Core Strategy and development of South Bank to the prospect of HS2.
“I hope my knowledge of the Leeds commercial planning sector will enable me to make a significant contribution to the firm.”
Shulmans’ managing partner Tim Halstead said:
“We’re delighted to have someone of Amanda’s pedigree join Shulmans to head our dedicated planning service.
“Her appointment complements the range of property experts we already have in place and means that we can now provide a full range of services to the real estate industry.”
Amanda is the chair of the Planning Reform Group at the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, an editorial board member of the Journal of Urban Regeneration, an author within the British Urban Regeneration Handbook and is also a speaker at professional events organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).