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  • Job Title:Associate Director and Head of Planning
  • Service: Planning, Commercial Property
  • Contact Number:020 7531 2990

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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
  • Enforcement Actions
  • 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.


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