Hazel is an experienced planning practitioner and environmental management specialist. She has worked for both central government and local authorities in senior roles as well as private companies acting on behalf of clients in development project related matters. Hazel has taught environmental law and management, planning and practice and foundation law subjects at HNC, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is currently supervising doctoral theses concerning the regulation and implementation of green and blue infrastructure. She is also writing a book provisionally entitled “A Practical Guide to Agricultural Diversification and Planning in England” which is expected to be published in April 2024 by Law Brief Publishing.


Critical Friend, Interim Environmental Protection Assessor for Wales Secretariat (IEPAW), Environmental Governance Team.

Advisor on Public Space, City Space Architecture 2021, 2022 Judge, Engineering panel, The Global Undergraduate Awards, Dublin.

Visiting Lecturer in Law, Kuwait International law School (KILAW) (March 25 – April 2, 2019). Delivered teaching in International Environmental Law, EU law and Brexit and constitutional law and devolution.

Visiting Fellow, Saint Petersburg State University, Centre for Architecture and Civil Engineering (September 2018)

Qualifications and membershipsTeachingResearch interestsIndustry


Ph.D Environmental Law, University of Wales Aberystwyth

LLM Social Research Methods, University of Wales Aberystwyth

LLM Environmental Law and Management, University of Wales Aberystwyth

BA (Hons) Geography and German, University of Wales Aberystwyth


RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute)

CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building, Practitioner Member)

RGS (Royal Geographical Society, Fellow)


Undergraduate (LLb, BSc Engineering, Earth Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning; BSc Real Estate, BSc Planning, BSc Building Surveying; MSc Planning; MSc Real Estate)

  • Introduction to the planning system;
  • Development plans;
  • Meaning of development (operations and material change of use);
  • EIA & SEA;
  • Planning permission;
  • Planning enforcement;
  • Planning appeals;
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas;
  • Land lord and Tenant Law
  • Property Law;
  • Legal Systems;
  • Constitutional Law;
  • Administrative Law;
  • EU law;
  • Tort Law;
  • Landlord and Tenant Law and Practice;
  • Contract law;
  • Equity;
  • Introduction to International and EU environmental law;
  • Development Control,  Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment;
  • Waste Management Law and Policy;
  • Environmental Permitting Regime;
  • Statutory Nuisance;
  • Common law liabilities;
  • Contaminated Land;
  • How to answer a legal problem question.


Postgraduate (LLM, Msc Planning; MSC Real Estate)

  • Property Management and the law;
  • Social Research Methods;
  • Pollution Control (Air, water and land);
  • Waste Management law;
  • Environmental Permitting Regulations;
  • Nature Conservation and the law;
  • EU environmental law.


Training Activity


  • Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas;
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Planning Law updates
  • Listed buildings and conservation in land-use planning.



  • Housing Development in the Countryside – Key Considerations
  • Agricultural Diversification and Issues in Practice
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas


E-Learning Provision – Farming Connect

  • Introduction to Collaborative Farming;
  • Brexit and Farming Businesses.


  • Devolution, governance and sustainability
  • Sustainability in land use planning
  • Agricultural diversification and climate and economic change mitigation
  • Rejuvenating the high street as a means of solving the energy crisis


June 2022 – Present       Planning Consultant, Rural Advisor

June 2021 – Oct 2021     Planning Consultant, Development Management, Oadby and Wigston Council

Jan 2016 – March 2021  Planning Consultant, Agri Advisor Solicitors

June 2019 – April 2020   Senior Planning Consultant, Development Management, Aylesbury Vale District Council

Mar 2015-Aug 2016        Planning Officer, Development Management, Herefordshire Council

Jan 2013 – March 2015   Higher Technical and Research Manager, Planning Policy Branch, Welsh Government


Refereed Articles in Academic Journals
  • Ball, S., Higgins, D & Nash, H. A (2021) “The role historic assets can play in reviving the retail high street: A case study of Derby’s retail high street”.  WIT Transactions on the Built Environment: Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture XVII. Vol.203, WIT Press, Southampton.
  • Aghimien, D.O., Aigbavboa, C., Edwards, D.J., Mahamadu, A-M., Olomolaiya, P., Nash, H. A and Onyia, M. “A fuzzy synthetic evaluation of the challenge of smart city development in developing countries”. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, September 2020
  • H. Nash (2019) “Permitting Significant Harm in the Conservation of Heritage Assets: Conflicts in Sustainable Land Use Planning Decisions” WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, Volume 191, WIT Press, 2019, ISSN: 1743-3509.
  • H. Nash (2019) “Permission in Principle: An update” Environmental Law and Management 30(4), 116-119.
  • H. Nash (2013) “The role of innovation in resource efficient growth: The European Commission’s Eco-innovation Action Plan” Journal of Environmental Policy and Governance.
  • H. Nash & A. Ross (2009) “European Union Environmental Law – Who Legislates for Whom in a Devolved Great Britain?” Public Law, July, 564-595.
  • H. Nash (2009) “Analysis: The revised Directive on Waste: Resolving Legislative Tensions in Waste Management?” Journal of Environmental Law 21(1) 139-149.
  • H. Nash., A. Ross & C. T. Reid (2009) “The implementation of EU environmental law in Scotland”, Edinburgh Law Review 13, 224-252.
  • H. Nash., A. Ross & C. T. Reid (2008) “Multi-Level Governance – A Study of the Implementation of Environmental Law in Post-Devolution Scotland” (2007) Environmental Law and Management 19(4) 159-168.
Other Refereed Journals
  • H. Nash (2009) “Recasting the WEEE Directive – A welcome proposal” United Nations University Edited E-Waste Collection.
  • H. Nash (2009) “Government Initiatives: The European Commission’s sustainable consumption and production and sustainable industrial policy action plan” Journal of Cleaner Production 17 496-498.
  • H. Nash., A. Ross., & C. T. Reid (2008) “Implementing EC environmental law after devolution” (2008) E-law – UKELA 48.
  • H. Nash (2006) “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Consultation” Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, 117, 116-117.
Non-refereed Articles
  • H. Nash (August 2020) Permitted development rights update: Responding to needs in Covid-19 times Agriadvisor Update, [correct 02/10/2020].
  • H. Nash (Winter 2011) “Reviewing TAN21: An opportunity not to be wasted”. Cynllunio: The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Cymru Newsletter.
  • H. Nash (May 2011)) “Planning policy-making in Wales: working with the Welsh Assembly Government BRASS Research News, Issue 6 8-9.
  • H. Nash (July 2010) “Tighter standards needed to green the automotive sector” BRASS Research News, Issue 4 20.
Official Reports and Working Papers
Conference Contributions
  • H. Nash, 18-21 September 2019, “Commission Paper II: Protection of Cultivated Land: Rural Planning Law and Agricultural Property and Real Estate Law. European Congress of Agricultural Law” Congress of CEDR, Poznan, Poland.
  • H. Nash, October 7-10, 2019, “Significant harm in the repurposing of heritage assets” Wessex Institute Sustainable Planning Conference 7-10 October, 2019.
  • H. Nash, May 2, 2019 “An examination of the implementation and effectiveness of Permission in Principle” Planning Symposium, University of West of England.
  • H. Nash and J. Smith, 2014, “Revisions to TAN21: Waste – An Update”. RTPI Cymru Annual Conference.
  • H. Nash, August 28-31 2012, “Reshaping consumption patterns through law and policy – do we and can we?” 3rd International Sustainability Conference, Universitaet Basel, Switzerland.
  • H. Nash, July 4-6th 2012, “Steering land-use planning for waste – is there a need?”, 6th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment, Wessex Institute, New Forest.
  • H. Nash and C. Ponting, July 4-6th 2012, “Enabling Individual Producer Responsibility – can WEEE and should WEEE?” 6th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment, Wessex Institute, New Forest.
  • H. Nash and A. Ross, 16th September 2010, “Developing and implementing EU environmental law in Wales”, Wales Governance Conference 2010, The Pierhead Building, Cardiff.
  • H. Nash, 1st June 2010, “Sustainable consumption and the notion of shared responsibility – A WEEE Case Study”, 16th International Sustainable Development Research Conference, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
  • H. Nash & C. Ponting, 30th May 2010, “Encouraging eco-design – the limitations of Extended Producer Responsibility”, 16th International Sustainable Development Research Conference, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
  • H. Nash & A. Ross, 13th September 2007, “Producing a real difference? The transposition of Community environmental directives in post devolution Scotland and Wales”, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Durham.
  • H. Nash & A. Ross, 12th June 2007, “Putting a Kilt on the Transposition of EC Environmental Legislation: Does Devolution Provide a Truly Scottish Solution?” 13th International Sustainable Development Conference, University of Mälarden, Västerås, Sweden.
  • H. Nash & A. Ross, 3rd April 2007, “Can Multi-Level Governance Deliver Environmental Justice: A Study of the Implementation of Environmental Law in Post Devolution Scotland”, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Kent.
  • H. Nash, 19th April, 2007, “Workshop – Applied Research Methodologies and Ethics”, Environmental Law and Management Residential Weekend, Gregynog, Powys.