Anita Kasseean specialises in town and country planning, Development Consent Orders, highways, compulsory purchase, and environmental law. She is the Head of Planning and Environment team.
She acts for a wide range of clients, including developers, investment funds, local authorities, banks, landlords and tenants, charities, schools and universities, and public sector organisations.
Anita advises on complex mixed use planning applications, planning objections, s. 106 agreements and highways agreements, making Development Consent Order applications, and advising both objectors to and promoters of compulsory purchase orders and Transport and Works Act orders.
Anita joined Howard Kennedy in February 2018 from Heathrow Airport, where she was the Head of Legal for Expansion. Her role there was to advise on the airport's controversial plans for a third runway, and the airport's Development Consent Order (DCO) application.
Prior to joining Heathrow, Anita was a planning, highways, CPO, and environmental lawyer at Stephenson Harwood LLP for over 12 years.
Anita specialises in the promotion and implementation of complex and politically sensitive large infrastructure projects, and strategic regeneration and redevelopment projects, typically advising promoters on strategy as well on increasingly complex planning and compulsory purchase issues.
She has extensive experience in advising on Development Consent Orders (which includes the Heathrow Airport Expansion DCO, and the North London Waste Authority DCO that was granted shortly before Anita joined Heathrow). She also specialises in Transport and Works Act Orders, such as the recent Bank Station and Northern Line Extension Transport and Works Act Order.
As an environmental lawyer, Anita is able to complement her planning expertise with her in-depth knowledge and experience of environmental matters.
She specialises in promoting redevelopment projects that involve complex environmental impact assessments, highway orders, CPOs, planning agreements and objections, representations on local, regional and national planning policies, and appeal and judicial review proceedings.
She acts for a wide range of clients, including developers, investment funds, local authorities, banks, landlords and tenants, charities, schools and universities, and public sector organisations. Through her current and previous roles, she has advised high profile names in the property, infrastructure, transport, leisure, and energy sectors.
Anita's family is from Mauritius and she speaks fluent French.