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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In June 2017 staff, partners and children were invited by the Directors for a weekend at Crieff Hydro in Scotland. There is tons to do at the venue and staff participated in horse riding, tennis and swimming to name a few. The Crieff Gathering proved to be a huge success and we aim to make this an annual event due to the positive feedback from staff:

I felt it was a good blend of free time during the day, balanced with social/group time over dinner/drinks in the evening. Rounders on the day after was also a nice way of bringing everyone together before heading off on our separate ways.

It was great, very nice indeed! Great food and activities for all!

Stephenson Halliday, landscape architects and environmental planners, team visit to Crieff Hydro, Scotland

Stephenson Halliday, landscape architects and environmental planners, team visit to Crieff Hydro, Scotland

On behalf of our client Cumbria Waste Management, we obtained not one, but two planning permissions for their facilities at the Hespin Wood Waste Management Park. The first of these permission provides an addition 250,000 cubic metres of airspace at their landfill site together with a 19 year extension to the approved period of operations.  The second permission secures an essential extension to CWM’s highly successful Materials Recovery Facility to accommodate a new baling line.

Stephenson Halliday have successfully completed their Commitment 7 obligations for the 2016-17 term to retain the IEMA EIA Quality Mark. We were required to submit a case study, two articles and a presentation to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in EIA activities. Further information can be found here which also has a link to our submissions.


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The Birkhams Quarry Section 73 Planning Application, which was granted permission in April 2015  was co-ordinated and prepared on behalf of Marshalls Stancliffe Stones by Stephenson Halliday.  It incorporated the introduction of regular liaison and collaboration with Cumbria Geo-Conservation, The National Trust and Cumbria County Council, which has been coordinated by Stephenson Halliday.  The Wainwrights Coast to Coast footpath passes the small quarry a short distance north of St Bees and the land is also part of the Colourful Coast project between Whitehaven and St Bees. The aim of the Colourful Coast project is to improve public access, enjoyment of the coastline, infrastructure improvements and awareness of the history and rich ecology.  As a result of the collaboration interpretation boards have been implemented on sandstone blocks and positioned adjacent to the footpath which passes the quarry.  The interpretation boards highlight the detailed local geology, mineral value and use, which includes heritage restoration on national and international developments.  Onsite progressive restoration has also been undertaken, which with The National Trusts support will be of nature conservation benefit.  A small part of the site will also be safely accessible for geology groups via pre-arranged visits.

As a result of the proactive collaboration between all parties Birkhams Quarry has been included as a Good Practice Case Study in a report to Natural England regarding the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) relating to:

  • UKGAP Theme 2:   Influencing planning policy, legislation and development design
  • Indicator 4:  Geodiversity gain at development sites and restored mineral sites – The total number of sites where geodiversity has been recognised within the design

The Birkhams Quarry case study will soon be added to the UK