I am head of planning at Whitehead Monckton and joined the firm as a partner in 2012. I trained in London and subsequently have been an associate and partner at two prominent Kent law firms. I was admitted in 1988 and advise on all aspects of planning law. I now head up the Property Developers & investors team and am part of the Rural Business team. I became an Associate Director when the firm incorporated to a Limited Company in April 2014.
I am delighted to offer my expertise and advice to Docklands Solicitors’ clients following our merger with them in October 2016.
Listed as a leading individual for Planning in Chambers for 2016 (Sources praise her "detailed knowledge and experience,"adding: "She comes up with good ideas to achieve our goals.")
I have expertise in:
Advising developers and Local Authorities on complex S106 agreements
S278 and S185 agreements
Advising on the likely impact of Community Infrastructure Levy "CIL" and completing negotiations with the Council quickly to avoid the higher charges for Developers under "CIL"
Site assembly and resolving title issues for Planning Applications
Assisting with promoting sites for development in Local Development Frameworks
Project managing teams of professionals through the Planning Application process
Call in enquiries
Deeds of Variation, particularly to make a permissioned scheme financially viable in the changed economic climate
Lawful Use Certificates
Rural Planning issues
Agricultural Occupancy Conditions
Listed Building and Conservation Area consents from both the landowner and Council perspectives.
Contentious aspects of planning law, including compulsory purchase orders.
General planning advice
What my clients say:
"Vicky Stoodley is a lawyer who looks for solutions rather than problems. She is someone that drives matters forward; which in a complex and ever changing world is invaluable. Her advice is always clear and Vicky helps to keep a complex and confusing planning environment as simple as possible; whilst dealing with matters in an efficient, effective and timely manner." John Collins, dha planning
Listed as a leading individual for Planning in Legal 500 (“ Vicky Stoodley has developed a strong planning capability at Whitehead Monckton , advising clients on the full range of issues.”)
When out of the office:
I have lived in Kent for most of my life and have three sons. In my spare time, I ride my horse and am both a coach and official at Tonbridge Athletic Club.
I am a Trustee and Company Secretary for the Heart of Kent Hospice.