Cooksley, Karen

Karen Cooksley heads our specialist environmental planning team and has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental planning law.

Karen Cooksley

She also has a strong reputation in relation to the delivery of major projects and, in particular for:

  • the largest master planning application in the UK comprising the regeneration of 60 hectares of the historic former docks on the River Mersey within and adjacent to the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile World Heritage Site. It includes 9,000 homes, retail, leisure and commercial buildings, two clusters of towers and a new cruise-liner terminal
  • residential-led mixed-use projects including acting for Berkeley Homes and St George on numerous schemes (many on the River Thames) and for local authorities
  • tall building projects — for example securing consent for a 50-storey residential tower on the River Thames
  • schemes involving very sensitive heritage designations such as Potters Fields
  • solving complex environmental planning problems — Cooksley is a leading expert in structuring, advising on and negotiating complex s106 agreements for example the innovative Milton Keynes s106 tariff to deliver much-needed housing and infrastructure in a Growth Area
  • major infrastructure projects — for example, the redevelopment of a coal–fired power station, a waste energy plant and a coastal superquarry