This year marks Stephenson Halliday’s 20th year in business and our latest Newsletter discusses how we continue to grow through the appointment of highly regarded planning and landscape architecture talent.

We have been commissioned to produce yet another Minerals Safeguarding Report for a local client. We have been experiencing a recent increase in demand for our services in producing these reports (or Minerals Resource Assessments as they are also called). Part of the reason for this is that we are seeing such reports as being required to validate applications for planning permission.

So, if your non-mineral proposal falls within a Mineral Safeguarding Area you could probably do with some help. As a consultancy which has specialised in planning for minerals since its inception in 2001 we are well placed to assist. Using our expertise, we can assess the mineral resource within which your site is located and report on its suitability as a mineral resource and identify any likely constraints that could prevent its future utilisation to overcome concerns about mineral sterilisation.

Call Nick Edwards on 07748 184637.



Stephenson Halliday are delighted to start 2021 with the appointment of two new members of staff who join our expanding Planning Team.

Lizzie Spencer – Senior Planner
Lizzie has joined our Kendal office as Senior Planner, & has over 12 years’ experience working in the private & public sectors, including experience in New Zealand. Recently she has worked as Planning Officer for a local authority in Cumbria. This diverse experience has provided Lizzie with a detailed understanding of the interface between the regulatory system & commercial realities of planning practice, enabling her to deliver quality planning outputs, while leading projects & being part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Andrew Hutchison – Planner
Andrew joins as Planning Consultant in our Edinburgh Office. Andrew has a BSc (Hons) in Geography & a MSc in Regional & City Planning from the University of Glasgow. He has experience working on both major & minor applications including renewable & infrastructure developments, including S36 applications.

Contact Lizzie ( or Andrew ( to discuss how we can help achieve your planning outcomes.











Stephenson Halliday are delighted to announce the opening of our new Yorkshire Office. This is situated in the leafy surrounds of the Parkhill Business Centre (we are in rooms 5-7 of the annexe to the left in the picture) which is conveniently located off the A1(M) to the south east side of Wetherby.

This will initially be staffed by Paul Reaston and John Ingham who bring extensive knowledge of EIA, Planning and Landscape Architecture. They have amassed over 50 years’ experience between them across a range of renewables, minerals, waste, built development and infrastructure projects and would be delighted to discuss any of your development project requirements.



We are delighted to announce the opening of an Edinburgh Office headed by new Technical Director of  Planning,  Alison Sidgwick and supported by Associate Director Sarah Lapsley, to assist the company with continued growth in the renewable energy sector across Scotland.