Following a brief spell as an auditor after graduating with a geography degree Stephen switched to planning and has not looked back. He began as an intern at South Somerset District Council and worked his way up through a series of promotions to become the council’s chief planner.
Welcoming his appointment Graham Ford, Chairman, of GTH, said: ““I am delighted that such an experienced and well respected planning consultant has joined the GTH team, his knowledge and skills will be of great benefit to landowners and developer clients.”
Stephen is passionate about planning and the possibilities it offers.
“It’s an interesting discipline. I enjoy the human interaction and the possibilities that planning provides,” explained Stephen.
Now an Associate at GTH he spent nearly seven years at South Somerset District Council – most recently as the council’s chief planner and lead specialist of all its built environment services.
The move to private practice and GTH was a logical one for Stephen.
“The GTH planners know their stuff. I am able to get more involved with private work, which is exciting. You are more creative than critical on this side of the fence,” he said.
Stephen has a holistic and comprehensive understanding of planning and has experience dealing with strategic land allocations and minor and major development. He enjoys assessing the development potential of land and forming and delivering strategies to increase the likelihood of gaining planning permission for his clients.
He is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has a master’s degree in Rural and Town Planning having graduated with a distinction in 2017.
He is married to Lorna and they live in Yeovil with their eight-month-old son, Jack. In his spare time Stephen enjoys playing golf.
If you are considering a planning project from a minor development to a large scale concern please contact Stephen at the Development Land and Planning Department on 01823 334466.