Vicky Fowler

Vicky Fowler is a well respected planning lawyer recognised nationally for her expertise. Vicky has been recognised in the top rated lawyer list in the Planning magazine and she appears as a Super Lawyer. Vicky is also recognised as a leading or recommended individual in the legal directories with accolades that describe her as "efficient and client friendly" and "a thoughtful and incisive lawyer who has great capacity". Commentators also find her "very good at leading teams through relentlessly long, difficult and controversial processes."

Vicky leads both public sector and private clients proactively through all stages of the planning process, from strategic advice on masterplanning, to advising on the consenting process and securing and the granting of planning permission. Vicky's focus is on delivering solutions rather than problems, mitigating the risk of legal challenge and ensuring that the consents secured are both implementable and fundable. Having secured consent Vicky advises clients on implementation, including the use of compulsory purchase powers for land assembly, securing or granting the necessary highway consents or stopping-up orders and advising on Community Infrastructure Levy.

Vicky is frequently engaged by clients on high-profile and complex matters, including nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) and the promotion of development consent orders (DCOs).

Experience

Advising on the planning application for the University of Cambridge's new residential and campus development at North West Cambridge. This project is being developed on the University's land and is designed to meet highest eco-standards. The project will deliver 100,000 sq m of research facilities and development space for multinational market leaders. On completion, the 150 hectare site will include 3,000 homes and accommodation for 2000 post-graduate students, with one-third open space for sports, informal recreation and ecological use.

Advising on the Phase 2 plans for Northstowe to develop 3,500 new homes; a town centre; a new road to the south of Northstowe; two primary schools, a secondary school, as well as sports facilities and open space. Northstowe is a landmark project - it is the largest stand-alone settlement currently under development in Britain, and a new benchmark for future new towns for its approach to sustainability, deliverability and viability. Northstowe is the first development where the Government is promoting direct build and is a pilot site for Starter Homes.

Advised Bracknell Council on all aspects of the comprehensive redevelopment of Bracknell Town Centre. Work included advising on the planning, drafting and negotiating the section 106 agreement and highways agreements, and advising on the CPO strategy. Vicky also advised on the implementation of the CPO, service of general vesting declarations, notices to treat and settlement of compensation claims.

Advised Thames Water Utilities and Bazalgette Tunnel Limited on the land acquisition strategy for the Thames Tideway Tunnel the largest NSIP yet consented under the Planning Act 2008. Vicky advised on the compulsory acquisition and temporary possession of land, highways and navigation issues.

Vicky advised on the redevelopment of the Oaks Shopping Centre in Acton as a mixed-use residential and retail redevelopment including successfully defending a judicial review brought on EIA Screening and heritage grounds; on the client's disposal strategy and the suitability of the development for PRS.

Vicky advised on the development of the Olympic site, including all venues and stadia, transport facilities and highways - in particular settling the planning application (including the environmental statement) and negotiations on the s106 legal agreement in the context of the limited 5 year timescale available.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Planning: London) - Band 3
  • 2016

    • Career
      December2016
      Gowling WLG, partner
  • 1999

    • Career
      March1999
      Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, partner
  • 1998

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1998
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1996

    • Career
      September1996
      Clarks Solicitors, trainee and associate solicitor
    • Education
      1996
      BPP Law School, LPC
  • 1995

    • Education
      1995
      Brunel University, LLB Law