McCormack, Colette

Colette McCormack qualified in 1998 and specialises in all areas of planning and environmental law, including compulsory purchase, judicial review, heritage issues, town and village greens and environmental impact assessment. She has extensive experience in planning and development with particular expertise on complex mixed-use developments including tall buildings.  She also has been involved in preparing and running major planning inquiry appeals.

Colette McCormack

McCormack has particular expertise in drafting and advising on complex Section 106 agreements and other statutory planning and highway agreements (including Section 278 and 38 agreements) and is currently advising clients on the effects of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations. 

Her planning practice is diverse and she advises house builders, social housing providers, commercial developers, local government and energy providers.

Core areas

  • Social housing
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Local and central government
  • Real estate
  • Telecoms and utilities

Recent experience

Colette has particular experience of advising on a number of planning and environmental issues including:

  • Advising Peel (Land and Ports) Limited in relation to the masterplanning application for the Liverpool Waters development. This is the largest single planning application in the UK. It comprises regeneration of 60 hectares of 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.McCormack has advised closely on the application and compliance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations; the Habitats Regulations and Appropriate Assessment, the conditions and the Section 106 Agreement. This has involved negotiations with local stakeholders, the council and statutory consultees such as English Nature and English Heritage
  • Advising the Berkeley Group including St George PLC for more than a decade and securing planning permission (at local level and at appeal) for a number of major central London sites for the group, including St George Wharf (and the Vauxhall Tower); Imperial Wharf; Beaufort Park and mixed-use sites out of London such as Royal Clarence Yard and West Horsham
  • Complex Section 106 Agreement to secure the planning permission for the Peel International Trade Centre (ITC). The ITC will comprise a series of multi-purpose buildings constructed in phases providing a total floor area of approximately 230,000m2
  • McCormack is the lead adviser on the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework. This is a planning framework that has been produced in collaboration with two councils (Wandsworth and Lambeth), Transport for London, English Heritage and the land owners. The framework sets the planning for 16,000 new homes; 20,000 new jobs; major extensive infrastructure including proposals for an extension to the Northern Line Extension; a new linear park; a cluster of tall buildings including a tall building strategy to support such a cluster; a new school; the creation of a combined cooling and heating tower network. The projects within this framework that Colette has led on are: the redevelopment of the Covent Garden Market; Nine Elms Parkside; One Nine Elms;relocation of the US Embassy; development of Embassy Gardens; and sale and redevelopment of Battersea power station
  • Advising a number of clients on the Community Infrastructure Regulations including the Peel Group and Harrow Estates
  • Extensive experience in advising on compulsory purchase issues (promoting and objecting) including compulsory powers under the Town and Country Planning Act as well as the Electricity Act and the Gas Act and is currently advising a commercial client on its objection to the compulsory acquisition of its property under the proposed Blackwall Reach Regeneration Compulsory Purchase Order
  • Successfully defending a number of town and village green applications at public inquiry for landowners including Bellway Homes, Rotherham Borough Council and Affinity Sutton and is currently advising King Ethelbert Secondary School on an application over its playing fields
  • Advising BFL Management on the redevelopment of a former coal fired power station in Kent including advice on demolition of cooling towers, application strategy, cross-borough development issues, threshold levels for NSIP under the Planning Act 2008