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Anjoli is a planning and public law barrister who is now ranked as one of the top junior planning barristers by Planning Magazine’s Legal Survey 2020 and has been appointed to the Government’s C Panel of Counsel.
In 2020 she has been involved in several significant planning cases (detailed below) and has given presentations in webinars on “Virtual Inquiries: A Guide” and “Planning in the Covid-19 Crisis”.
Anjoli’s practice focuses on all aspects of planning and environmental law, including housing, commercial and retail, infrastructure, energy, compulsory purchase and enforcement work. She frequently appears in planning appeals and in the High Court. Her clients include a range of national and regional housebuilders and land promoters, central Government, local planning authorities, and environmental groups.
Recently Anjoli has been involved in several high profile planning cases and appeals including:
- Hillthorn Farm, Sunderland : appeared at a planning inquiry involving a proposal for a gasification plant, which resulted in over 10,000 objections from local residents and was commented on in Prime Minister’s Questions in February 2020 (with Sasha White QC).
- Holocaust Memorial, Westminster : is currently representing the Government in a legal challenge relating to Government decision-making on the “called in” planning application for the proposed Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (with Tim Mould QC).
- Energy National Policy Statements : is currently representing the Claimant in a legal challenge to the Government’s failure to review the National Policy Statements which determine how decisions are made on proposals for large fossil fuel, nuclear and renewable energy development (with Alex Goodman). This case has received national press coverage.
- Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham : successfully appeared in this public inquiry which was the first appeal decision to mention the effect of Covid-19 on housing land supply (with Sasha White QC).
- Eye, Mid Suffolk : successfully represented the Local Planning Authority in a planning inquiry concerning a scheme for 126 houses in the countryside, notable for the Inspector’s conclusions on conflict with an emerging Neighbourhood Plan (in her own right).
- Horsham, West Sussex : represented the Waste Planning Authority in a planning inquiry concerning proposals for an energy from waste facility, which included proposals for one of the tallest flue stacks in the country at 95 metres (in her own right).
- Former Imperial House, Windsor and Maidenhead : appeared successfully for the Developer in a planning inquiry relating to a major mixed-use scheme, including over 200 residential units and 16,389 sqm of office floorspace (with Christopher Katkowski QC).
- Mornings Mill Farm, Wealden : represented the Developer in a planning inquiry concerning proposals for comprehensive development including 700 houses, 8,600 sqm of employment floorspace, a medical centre and a school (with Sasha White QC).
- Benson v Secretary of State : represented the Developer in a rare legal case where the High Court was successfully persuaded to require a Planning Inspector to be cross-examined in relation to decisions taken at a planning appeal (in her own right).
- East Bergholt Parish Council v Babergh District Council and Countryside Properties [2018/9]: successfully appeared for the Developer in this highly topical case, which was appealed up to the Court of Appeal, concerning the local authority’s assessment of “deliverability” in calculating five-year housing supply, and the interpretation of the St Modwen judgment (in her own right)
- Visao Ltd v Secretary of State : successfully represented the Developer in this legal case on an Inspector’s duty to give reasons for disagreeing with the recommendation of a statutory consultee (in her own right).
- University of Law, Birmingham – Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)
- Keble College, Oxford – Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction)
- Keble College, Oxford – BA in Law (First Class)
In her spare time Anjoli is an active tennis player, representing her county of Warwickshire, as well as the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4
Anjoli Foster – Landmark Chambers ‘Anjoli’s intellect and technical knowledge is first class and beyond question. She is also extremely diligent and practical. She applies all these elements in an extremely user friendly manner that makes her a real pleasure to instruct and deal with. Anjoli is absolutely one to watch for the future.’
‘Pre-eminent planning set’ Landmark Chambers is home to an ‘unrivalled breadth of talent’ as exhibited by its ‘highly impressive’ clerks, ‘heavyweight silks with outstanding capabilities’, and skilled junior barristers. The members display ‘great strength in depth’ across all areas of planning law, featuring heavily in significant inquiries, and promoting new towns and urban extensions in addition to mixed-use developments across the country. In the past year, Dan Kolinsky KC represented LB Southwark in R (Flynn) v LB Southwark, successfully defending the challenge against a major regeneration project to replace the Elephant & Castle shopping centre at first instance and in the Court of Appeal. David Elvin KC represented Raycliff Whitechapel in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry call-in inquiry, which involved consideration of heritage benefits contrasted with harms regarding the restoration and refurbishment proposals for the former bell foundry. Anjoli Foster successfully represented Brighton and Hove CC in the Brighton Marina inquiry which concerned the opposition to a major redevelopment, whilst Matthew Fraser represented the Whitstable Oyster Company in their appeal against an enforcement notice requiring the removal of metal trestles for oyster cultivation.