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Stephen McNaught


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Stephen McNaught is a partner in our Planning team in London and has more than 25 years’ experience in private practice and local government.

He has also been a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute for more than 20 years. He has a very broad range of experience of planning, highway and compulsory purchase matters, on both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of planning and related work, and has acted in several reported cases. 

He advises clients on a variety of complex projects including nationally significant projects under the Planning Act 2008 and enjoys being involved from inception throughout the implementation of the development.  

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"Wins praise for his attention to detail and the clarity of his advice"


"A claim head with a rigorous and commercial approach"

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Relevant experience

  • Tarmac on the development of a rail freight interchange at Radlett, Hertfordshire including strategic planning advice, judicial review proceedings and planning appeals including the potential for the scheme to proceed by way of development consent order.
  • National Grid on the making of its first application for a development consent order for a 2.8km overhead electricity transmission line at King's Lynn.
  • National Grid Property on the regeneration of previously developed land including sites at Beckton, Sydenham, Poplar, Battersea and Hornsey.
  • Manitowoc (Enodis) on previously developed land in Essex and Coventry.
  • A statutory undertaking in relation to the process for seeking development consent orders.
  • The first ever appeal in relation to a Starbucks style coffee shop.
  • The first ever warehouse club to be developed in the UK.
  • Guinness on the redevelopment of the former Guinness Park Royal Brewery site including achieving planning permission for a 116 sq m office scheme together with more than 500 houses and a new tube station and in achieving a certificate of immunity from listing so that the Guinness Brewery could be demolished.  
  • Various clients on revocation procedures for hazardous substances consents to enable development to proceed.
  • Several reported cases and in relation to judicial review proceedings.
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  • 1979 - MA (Cantab), St Catharine's College, Cambridge 
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  • Member, National Infrastructure Planning Association
  • Member, Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Member, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association
  • Legal Associate, Royal Town Planning Institute (1995) 
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23 May 2018
CMS Plan­ning Group
The fu­ture of liv­ing
Know your CIL Pro­ced­ure - High Court says there is no wriggle room
Sum­mary The High Court de­cision in Shrop­shire Coun­cil v Sec­ret­ary of State for the Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment [2019] EWHC 16 (Ad­min) con­firms that the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy Reg­u­la­tions 2010 (the “CIL Reg­u­la­tions”) will be in­ter­preted strictly.
2 March 2018
CMS Plan­ning Group
Struc­tur­ing and Fu­ture-Proof­ing Com­plex Mixed-Use De­vel­op­ments
No Con­fid­ence in Coun­cil’s Hous­ing Sup­ply: En­cour­age­ment for De­velopers...
The Plan­ning In­spect­or­ate has al­lowed an ap­peal against the de­cision of Mid Suf­folk Dis­trict Coun­cil (the “Coun­cil”) to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for 49 new dwell­ings in Wool­pit, Suf­folk. The de­cision is a sig­ni­fic­ant one as it is the first to con­sider the.
New powers to cre­ate loc­ally-led garden towns and cit­ies
Garden vil­lages, towns and cit­ies have been seen by the Gov­ern­ment as a way of ad­dress­ing the hous­ing short­age for a num­ber of years. By the end of 2018, the Gov­ern­ment pro­poses to im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions for the cre­ation of over­sight au­thor­it­ies (made up of.
New Rules for Pre-Com­mence­ment Con­di­tions
In a move de­signed to re­duce delays to com­mence­ment of de­vel­op­ment, from 1 Oc­to­ber 2018 plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of land in Eng­land can­not be gran­ted or mod­i­fied sub­ject to pre-com­mence­ment con­di­tions without the writ­ten agree­ment of the ap­plic­ant,.
High Court ex­am­ines the pur­chase price of land and im­pact on af­ford­able...
In a case that could im­pact sig­ni­fic­antly on hous­ing de­velopers, both in terms of site ac­quis­i­tion and de­vel­op­ment vi­ab­il­ity, on 27 April 2018 the High Court up­held the Lon­don Bor­ough of Is­ling­ton’s (“LBI”) de­cision to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for de­veloper.
SIT up and pay up: the Gov­ern­ment's pro­posed changes to CIL
Last week, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on pro­posed changes to the cur­rent sys­tem of de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions (‘Sup­port­ing hous­ing de­liv­ery through de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions’ 5 March 2018) in­clud­ing to the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy (“CIL”).
Will Lease­hold Re­form Im­pact on De­liv­ery of Af­ford­able Hous­ing?
In Decem­ber 2017 Com­munit­ies Sec­ret­ary Sajid Javid an­nounced that le­gis­la­tion will be pro­moted to: ban lease­hold for al­most all new houses; zero rate ground rent on new long leases; make it easi­er for ex­ist­ing lease­hold­ers to buy-out their free­hold;.
Hous­ing De­liv­ery and the Budget
Against a long-stand­ing back­ground of a fail­ure in Eng­land to de­liv­er suf­fi­cient new homes, Philip Ham­mond sought in his budget to pave the way for a bright­er fu­ture with a wide-ran­ging series of meas­ures.
New rights to con­vert light in­dus­tri­al build­ings to res­id­en­tial
Cre­at­ing more hous­ing re­mains Gov­ern­ment’s top pri­or­ity. To en­cour­age this from 1 Oc­to­ber 2017, a new per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment right al­lows con­ver­sion of light in­dus­tri­al (class B1(c)) to res­id­en­tial (class C3) without plan­ning per­mis­sion.
Plan­ning per­mis­sions vs lis­ted build­ing con­sents - a range of com­par­is­ons
The re­cent Court of Ap­peal judg­ment in Gov­ern­ment of the Re­pub­lic of France v The Roy­al Bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea EW­CA Civ 429 con­sidered the re­la­tion­ship between plan­ning per­mis­sions and lis­ted build­ing con­sents.