Overview

Stephen is a senior associate in the planning and compulsory purchase team and regularly advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including:

  • the development of nationally significant infrastructure projects
  • major leisure development and regeneration
  • all forms of energy development (particularly renewables)
  • waste development 
  • major housing and new community proposals
  • rail and highways infrastructure 
  • and all matters related to Welsh planning.

Stephen has extensive experience in the conduct of judicial review/ s.288 claims and public enquiries and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management. He regularly speaks at RTPI and RICS conferences and contributes to the Rail Freight Group's newsletter, along with other rail magazines such as the Rail Technology Magazine. 

Experience
 
  • Advising the Isle of Anglesey Council on the Wylfa Newydd NSIP development, including the section 106 for the new nuclear power station, the section 106 for the Site Preparation and Clearance Works and the redevelopment of a 600 acre site for worker accommodation.
  • Advising Highways England on an NSIP application.
  • Negotiating the s.106 for a new 2,500 unit housing development.
  • Advising a local authority client on a new marine/coastal regeneration project.
  • Advising a client on the proposed development of a £400m snowdome and leisure park facility.
  • Advising First Group on the electrification of an existing railway line.
  • Petitioning the House of Commons on behalf of a number of clients in respect of HS2.
  • Advising on numerous judicial reviews, most recently for a client contesting the refusal of a planning permission for an eleven turbine windfarm; contesting the grant of a consent which would impact a client's ongoing industrial activities; and issuing a judicial review claim to dispute the level of Community Infrastructure Levy imposed by a Charging Authority.