Heather Vickers

Associate Director, London

A skilled negotiator and project manager, Heather ensures that schemes are delivered efficiently and effectively. She was recently heavily involved in a lengthy planning inquiry, following which, permission was granted for a 135-home scheme in South London.


BA (Hons) Geography & Planning – Newcastle University
MSc Town Planning – Newcastle University
Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute 

Heather has worked for Planning Potential for eight years, applying her planning expertise and project management skills to a variety of projects – particularly in the residential, retail and leisure sectors. Recent experience includes the preparation and coordination of evidence for a two-week planning inquiry. The positive outcome of the appeal attracted significant media attention – specifically in relation to housing land supply. The Inspector concluded that there was “an overriding case in support of the development proposed in this appeal”.

After graduating, Heather worked in local government as a policy planner before moving into the private sector. She initially joined a nationwide commercial property and planning firm, where she was primarily involved with the development of retail, healthcare, mixed-use and residential schemes.

Having worked in both the public and private sectors, Heather has gained a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills. She has the ability to provide planning advice on the prospects of securing permission for a wide range of schemes. She is also well versed in the preparation and coordination of appraisals, applications and appeals.  

Heather applies her project management skills to ensure efficient and effective delivery of schemes. She is not only able to assist clients with the promotion of sites through the local plan process, she also works to ensure that schemes are developable and can be delivered promptly – by negotiating detailed aspects of proposals and potential S106 contributions.

Heather has also undertaken two secondments for Planning Potential, one for a major retail client and the other for a major residential client – enabling her to build close working relationships and bring additional skills and knowledge into the company.

Outside of Planning Potential, Heather likes spending time with her little boy. She is also a keen netballer and swimmer who enjoys visiting friends and family across the country when she finds the time!

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