sarah hornbrook associate planning
Associate, Planning

Sarah has almost 15 years’ planning experience across both the Public and Private Sector, and has a strong track record of securing flexible planning consents.

With a particular expertise in residential development, Sarah has worked extensively across a range of sectors including retail, education and health and has significant experience of leading multi-disciplinary consultant teams to deliver flexible planning consents on major development schemes both locally and nationally. 

Having spent the first 9 years of her career working in the Public Sector, Sarah is able to offer an additional insight into the planning process, which has been of significant benefit to her clients.

Sarah has significant experience in providing the full range of planning services, from project inception through to completion, including planning appeals and land promotion.

Recent projects

Beacon Park, Gorleston

  • Preparation and submission of a hybrid planning application on an unallocated greenfield site.
  • The role included provision of strategic advice in relation to the optimum scheme for the site; a hybrid approach was recommended to enable flexibility for the client following delivery of the first phase of development.
  • Sarah’s role also included co-ordinating the team of specialist subconsultants to ensure the submission of a robust planning application, thereby avoiding the potential for significant objections and delays following submission.
  • Unanimous support was secured at Planning Committee, with minimal pre-commencement conditions.


Northgate Hospital, Great Yarmouth

  • Provision of strategic advice on the phased disposal of a redevelopment of a 6.6ha site, comprising a part operational, part vacant, health facility.
  • Close liaison with the Local Planning Authority and other key stakeholders was required, notably Norfolk County Council Highways and the Environment Agency, to ensure compliance with strategic objectives and to address any concerns at an early stage, thereby minimising the likelihood of delays post-submission of the planning application.
  • Given the strategic and sensitive nature of the site (a hospital in a residential area) a public consultation event was held to reassure the public in relation to the impact of the proposals on the provision of healthcare facilities within the locality.
  • An outline planning application was prepared for the development of the first phase of up to 79 residential units. To provide maximum flexibility and ensure the permission was attractive to a range of potential purchasers, the application sought to fix only means of access to the site.


Duke’s Wharf, Norwich

  • Provision of strategic advice on the part-conversion and part-redevelopment of the former headquarters of the Eastern Electricity Board offices.
  • An opportunity was identified to use the then recently introduced Office to Residential Permitted Development Rights to establish the principle of residential development on the site, contrary to the site’s allocation for office-led development.
  • In addition, consent was secured for three new residential blocks in the centre of the site, resulting in a high density development of 154 residential units.
  • Extensive consultation was undertaken with Norwich City Council, the Broads Authority and other statutory parties, including a public consultation event in advance of the submission of the application. This was key to ensuring that the proposals secured support from Council Members.
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