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Stuart Evans

Legal director

Legal director in the projects team

My role

I provide support to the local government team in all areas of local government law and provide a lead in relation to planning, highways and licensing law.

My experience

I have over 25 years experience in providing guidance and support in relation to local government law. Most recently, I spent 15 years working at Birmingham City Council where I was the lead lawyer in all areas of planning regeneration, environmental and licensing work.

My specialisms

  • Local government
  • Planning
  • Highways
  • Environmental
  • Licensing

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My latest articles

ACS response to the Planning for the Future (White Paper) Consultation
ACS response to the Planning for the Future (White Paper) Consultation

We have submitted our response to the White Paper Consultation based on the discussion held at the “Planning for the Future - what does this mean for affordable housing” webinar we held on Fri 9 Oct

Launch of Planning for the future – Consultation to Reform the Planning System
Launch of Planning for the future – Consultation to Reform the Planning System

Yesterday, on 6 August 2020, the Government published the above White Paper. The purpose of the White Paper is to do the following: “Planning for the future, landmark reforms to speed up and modernise the planning system and get the country building”.

Planning law changes – ‘Build, build, build’
Planning law changes – ‘Build, build, build’

On 30 June 2020, Boris Johnson announced radical changes to the planning system.

Places of public religious worship and business rate exemptions
Places of public religious worship and business rate exemptions

A property in England and Wales that is a ‘place of public religious worship’ is wholly exempt from business rates, pursuant to Schedule 5 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 as amended.

Appealing planning permission refusals
Appealing planning permission refusals

A recent study revealed that only 65% of appeals were allowed in cases where councillors refused planning permission despite planning officers’ recommendation for approval.