Stuart is a Senior Associate, with a particular expertise in enabling developments and enforcement work. He acts for a wide variety of private sector clients, including house-builders, land promoters, development companies, retail developers, and investment funds.
He has broad planning experience from both the public and private sector. His public sector work includes advising both district (s.106, affordable housing and viability, planning inquiries and enforcement matters) and county-level planning authorities (waste, coal, minerals, highways).
- Providing strategic advice and acting on the renegotiation of s.106 agreement’s including the reduction of obligations by £1 million
- Providing strategic CIL advice post-lockdown, including obtaining deferrals pursuant to COVID legislation
- Preparing Article 4 directions for a Local Authority client and a bespoke Local Development Order to grant back the permitted development rights being in a heritage sensitive manner
- Advising on planning strategy for contaminated, difficult sites with a history of enforcement
- CPO – has acted for a variety of Claimants including with reference to HS2 and land owner promoters and is experienced in preparing disputed cases to be heard in the Upper Tribunal
- Enforcement – has experience both as a prosecutor (for the local authority) and in defending alleged offenders. Track record of success in Enforcement Notice appeals and has obtained various LDC’s proving lawfulness by time immunity or implementation
- Renewable energy – has acted for the Local Planning Authority at Baumber (which included the MOD as an interested party), Anderby, Heckington (a DECC (s.36) application), Gayton le Marsh, Orby and Treading Drain Wind Farm appeals and has advised on an IPC application which relates to the infrastructure for an offshore wind farm as the electricity comes onshore (at Tritton Knoll). Stuart has also advised in relation to an Energy from Waste plant, and a Biomass plant and advised on various solar projects.