Shabana is an experienced planning and infrastructure Partner. She has over 15 years of experience in town and country planning law, gained from working in both local government and private practice. She has advised public bodies as well as landowners, developers and consortiums of property investors upon numerous developments of many different kinds, ranging from large commercial developments and major infrastructure projects to smaller schemes. Shabana also advises upon, highways law and procedure, compulsory purchase issues and environmental law.

In addition, Shabana specialises in the consenting regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects created under the Planning Act 2008, advising and helping a wide range of public and private sector clients, to secure consent to successfully deliver railway, highway, energy, flood defence and other major projects.

Shabana is currently leading the legal team on the London Resort: the first business or commercial project to use the Planning Act 2008 regime, for a leisure and entertainment resort in Kent. The application will be submitted later in 2016 and is expected to generate up to 27,000 jobs.

Shabana is the principal author of Bircham Dyson Bell’s ebook ‘A Practical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects’. She regularly speaks at external seminars and conferences on planning and infrastructure related issues, including, most recently undertaking seminars for the Planning Advisory Service on the use of planning obligations and CIL.

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  • Shabana was, until recently, the co-editor of Butterworths Planning Law Service, the loose leaf encyclopedia that covers the whole spectrum of planning law and of Butterworths Monthly Planning Law Bulletin.

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