Stuart has over 15 years experience of planning from both the private and public sector, with a particular expertise in enabling developments and enforcement work, as well as compulsory purchase, the negotiation of complex s.106 agreements, and judicial review.
He acts for a wide variety of clients, including house-builders, land promoters, development companies, retail developers, and investment funds. His public sector work has included advising both district (s.106, affordable housing and viability, planning inquiries and enforcement matters) and county-level planning authorities (waste, coal, minerals, highways) and has been acquired in both a "shared service" and a unitary environment.
Client project experience includes advising:
- 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, uniquely pairing them with a bespoke Local Development Order to grant back the permitted development rights being removed in a heritage sensitive manner;
- Advising on the 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 on numerous wind farm inquiries including an IPC application which related to the infrastructure for an offshore wind farm as the electricity comes onshore as well as having advised in relation to an Energy from Waste plant, a Biomass plant and various solar projects.
Stuart joined Shoosmiths in 2021, having previously worked at Irwin Mitchell, and before that The Wilkes Partnership (where he was head of the planning team).