‘Donegal Dazzler’ approved…not our choice of words, but great to see the important Meenbog wind farm approved in Ireland.

Really positive to see the appeal decision concur with our landscape assessment, particularly on the sensitive and protected view towards the Barnsemore Gap, and residential visual amenity. After careful consideration the Board concluded:

‘The proposed development would not adversely affect the visual amenities of the area or interfere with any protected views, prospects or scenic routes in the surrounding area, to any significant extent.’

It’s a great end to what has been a long road for this scheme. Started many years ago, it has been through many iterations of design before arriving at the final proposal. We’re proud to have dealt with the landscape issues which were critical to the approval, and supported developers Enerco and lead planners McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan.

Here it is in the press.

And for the appeal decision click here.

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 Above: The Barnesmore Gap, which would be protected through the careful design of the scheme.

Building on the success of our Kendal and Glasgow offices, we are delighted to announce the opening of our third regional office in Newcastle.  The office officially opened its doors to business in November 2017 and is headed by Planning Director, Mary Campbell, who moves from our Kendal office.  With the appointment of Alastair Willis (Technical Director) and Marie-Louise Milliken (Principal Planner), the Newcastle office is both an extension of the existing business strengths, providing independent planning and landscape advice in the minerals, waste, infrastructure and renewables sectors, and an expansion into property related planning.

The Newcastle office is based in the iconic Old Post Office building on St Nicholas Street.  The Old Post Office building recently underwent a £5.8m redevelopment, which included new office premises in the upper floors.  Stephenson Halliday were one of the first businesses to move into the new office space in November 2017 and we see it as the perfect location to grow our business in the north east.

Alastair joins the business from the Newcastle office of a national planning consultancy where he worked for the past 11 years, and has a total of 13 years private practice experience.  He brings extensive town planning experience and knowledge in all areas of property planning; including residential, commercial, retail and tourism development.

Over that period he has worked to deliver successful planning outcomes for national, regional and local house builders, retail operators, land owners and investors, and has developed a strong reputation within the north east to build Stephenson Halliday’s Newcastle office.

Marie-Louise Milliken joins the team from north east based developer, The Banks Group.  Marie-Louise is a chartered planner with over 10 years’ experience working in the private sector, including time spent within a large multidisciplinary consultancy working on residential, minerals, regeneration, highways, energy and waste developments.  As lead planner for major planning applications, including EIA development, Marie-Louise has forged excellent working relationships with clients, Council officers and key stakeholders alike.

Building upon the strength of the sector, Stephenson Halliday believes there is a gap in the market in the north east to establish a niche planning and landscape consultancy.  The scale of the business allows our clients to benefit from our high quality and expert professional advice, whilst interacting with directors of the business as much as they will with more junior members of the team.  The Newcastle office is well placed to provide advice across all sectors of the town planning industry, and we look forward to extending the strong reputation of the Stephenson Halliday brand.

Mary Campbell, head of the Newcastle office, said:

This is a very exciting move for Stephenson Halliday and builds on the growing demand for our services.  We have recruited new staff to undertake work already secured in the North East region and the quality of the space at the Old Post Office has, I have no doubt, helped us to attract the very best.”

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David Forsythe would be the most worthy winner of the Employee of the Year at the Cumbria Family Business Awards on 9th March 2018

David is an Associate Landscape Architect with Stephenson Halliday and is hugely respected by all of his colleagues.

He leads by example producing work of the highest quality and has always been the most reliable, helpful, conscientious and well liked member of our team.

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Over the past 18 months David has faced extreme personal challenges.  In September 2016 David’s father Ken Forsythe a respected Lake District climber died after a short battle with cancer then only 18 days later his mother also passed away.

Just as David was starting to get back on his feet he received the news that his beautiful wife Tally had been involved in a horrendous crash where she was a passenger in a mini-bus resulting in multiple fractures.  Over the past 9 months David has helped nurse Tally back to full strength and she has now returned to her position at Impact International.

Throughout this time David had also been caring for their young daughter Evie May who will soon be 2 years old.

Despite these tragic personal circumstances David has been able to continue his critical role in the business.

We cannot think of a more deserving winner of this award than David.

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David is keen charity fundraiser and coordinated a ride from Lands-End to John O’Groats raising £20k for the Manchester Neurological Research Fund and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

His colleagues and the clients he works for would all cheer with delight to see recognition of this inspirational employee.

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If possible, we ask you to please ask other colleagues and friends to support David – We are really keen to see David win this award!

David Forsythe, Stephenson Halliday



Over 400 individuals raise an impressive £2.8m in just two weeks to refinance the Mean Moor community wind farm in Cumbria. It’s thought to be the first wind farm in the country to be transferred to community ownership from a commercial developer.  Stephenson Halliday provided landscape and visual advice in securing planning consent.

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We are delighted to announce we have reached the final of the Cumbria Family Business Awards for the second year running! We are one of three finalists in the Professional Business and People Services category up against two other excellent local businesses, The Financial Management Bureau and Elton Finance.

Ken Halliday commented that “Our family business values of trust, independence and integrity with a commitment to the success of our clients and staff is often what gives us the edge over our competitors including larger multi-disciplinary planning consultants.”

We have two reasons to celebrate as we were thrilled to receive the news that David Forsythe, Associate Landscape Architect has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Employee of the Year 2018 category. David has faced extreme personal challenges over the past 18 months and his continued high level of commitment to the business has been inspirational. There would be no more deservDavidF_Staff_Photo-500cm-wideing winner of this award than David. Please support him in the public vote!


The awards ceremony will undoubtedly be an exciting evening and this year will be held at The Garden at Eden , Carlisle on Friday 9th March, hosted by Dave Myers, one of the Hairy Bikers and a great ambassador for Cumbria.



South Lakeland District Council Planning Committee has unanimously granted outline planning permission for 20 exclusive holiday retreats at the Lilymere Estate, located close to both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. The Committee agreed with Officers, who recommended the scheme for approval despite being contrary to policies of the adopted Local Plan.

Stephenson Halliday worked constructively with the Local Planning Authority to provide a robust case that explained the need for the Estate to diversify its activities. Officers’ detailed concerns regarding visual impact and tree protection were overcome through negotiation to achieve a deliverable scheme. The development will see 20 sensitively sited holiday retreats in a mixture of woodland and mere edge locations, taking advantage of unique recreational opportunities and extensive views into the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.


Ahead of the formal launch planned for the New Year, we’re excited to announce our expansion to the North East.

Commenting on the move to the Old Post Office, Planning Director, Mary Campbell, said: “This is a very exciting move for Stephenson Halliday and builds on the growing demand for our services.  We have recruited new staff to undertake work already secured in the North East region and the quality of the space at the Old Post Office has, I have no doubt, helped us to attract the very best.”

The Old Post Office recently underwent a £5.8 million re-development which included the new office units.

We are one of the first tenants to move into NBS’s new, state of the art incubator space at the Old Post Office on St Nicholas Street, Newcastle

The space was developed as part of NBS’s commitment to supporting the local community and targeted at companies looking to grow.

Chief Executive at NBS, Richard Waterhouse said: “I am delighted to welcome our first tenants to The Old Post Office. Our colleagues at NBS love working here and we are very pleased that we have been able to help other businesses to start up and grow. We were a start-up business ourselves once and I know how important the right kind of accommodation is for new and expanding businesses “




A great result this month in getting x5 permissions for L+W Wilson at their Roan Edge site. Since submission of the applications we have had to fight off significant and unjustified requests for highways contributions and work hard at agreeing suitable planning conditions with the LPA. Finally, however, this crucial site now enjoys a further 15 year permission, a significant extension, and permission for a new concrete batching plant. We are delighted with the result!

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We are delighted to announce that Clive Saul joins the practice today. Clive brings with him an enviable mix of consultancy and local authority planning experience particularly in minerals, waste and renewables sectors. Clive will further strengthen our planning teams in Kendal and in the north east. Clive is one of a number of new appointments being made as Stephenson Halliday expands  to meet rapidly increasing demand for its services.


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