The Southampton office of commercial property specialist Vail Williams has gained 20 years of planning expertise with the arrival of its latest new recruit Louise Cutts.
Following a 20-year career in the public sector, including 10 years as principal planner in the major applications team at Eastleigh Borough Council, Cutts moved to the private sector in 2014 before becoming senior planner at Vail Williams.
She brings a bank of knowledge to advise clients on a wide variety of land and property issues ranging from large-scale development and change-of-use applications to community-building strategies and public art schemes.
Projects from her time at Eastleigh Borough Council include involvement in 100 houses at the former Travis Perkins site, the Vue cinema/bowling complex, and the Travelodge Hotel in central Eastleigh.
She also received a community regeneration award for her work on the redevelopment of two of the largest housing association estates in the borough, at Velmore and Monksbrook, managed by First Wessex.
Cutts said: “I’ve always adopted a creative, win-win attitude to professional challenges, and that’s the approach I’m going to maintain and develop to get the best results for my new clients.
“We’ve formed a very talented team here in Southampton with skills in a wide variety of commercial property disciplines. Vail Williams has a strong reputation for its expertise, so I’m very proud to be on board.”
As well as an in-depth understanding of the entire planning process and consultation with the public and councillors, her experience also includes site appraisals, site promotion and appeals against refusals of planning permission.