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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"

Legal 500

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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Spring/Summer 2019
Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters - Spring/Sum­mer 2019
Cur­rent top­ics in the hotel in­dustry
03 Dec 19
A re­mind­er that plan­ning per­mis­sion may not be bought!
In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Wright) v Re­si­li­ent En­ergy Severndale Ltd and Forest Dean Dis­trict Coun­cil, the Su­preme Court has con­firmed that the ma­ter­i­al­ity of a con­sid­er­a­tion in a plan­ning de­cision will...
20 March 2019
Glob­al Plan­ning/ Zon­ing/ Con­sent­ing Group
25 Oct 19
Plan­ning judg­ment on air qual­ity: con­tem­por­ary com­mer­cial think­ing...
On 12th Septem­ber 2019 the Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment up­hold­ing re­fus­als to grant two re­lated plan­ning per­mis­sions for large res­id­en­tial de­vel­op­ments in Kent. Whilst the reas­on­ing for the...
23 May 2018
The Fu­ture of Liv­ing
CMS Plan­ning Group
25 Jan 19
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...
2 March 2018
CMS Plan­ning Group
Struc­tur­ing and Fu­ture-Proof­ing Com­plex Mixed-Use De­vel­op­ments
05 Oct 18
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...
25 Jun 18
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...
15 May 18
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...
03 May 18
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...
12 Mar 18
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)...