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.

Congratulations to Cemex and Northumberland Wildlife Trust (‘Save our Magnificent Meadows’ Initiative) announced as winners of the best Planned Restoration Category at the MPA Restoration & Biodiversity Awards 2019, for the restoration of Divethill Quarry Farm Extension. Stephenson Halliday were pleased to be part of the team involved in the development of the progressive restoration scheme including proposals to create areas of unique Whin Grassland habitat.

Judges described it as a fantastic example of progressive restoration of a rock quarry to create an attractive landform and a mosaic of species-rich, locally important and distinctive ‘Whin’ grassland, agricultural grassland, woodland and hedges, and open water. The judges were impressed by the clear plan to deliver a range of habitats and realise the unique opportunity presented by quarrying to deliver regional priorities and wider landscape-scale benefits.

Please get in touch with Elaina Kurs about your restoration requirements and to discuss how we can assist with adding value to schemes through biodiversity net gain


Stephenson Halliday is proud to have led the team gaining planning permission for a 35MW Energy Recovery Facility in the WestMidlands on Appeal. Dealt with by Written Reps, the Inspector dealt robustly with all the issues raised, concluding that public benefits outweighed any harm.