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Stephen McNaught

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
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"

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"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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Education

  • 1979 - MA (Cantab), St Catharine's College, Cambridge 
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Memberships

  • 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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18 November 2020
An up­hill struggle? Drop-in plan­ning per­mis­sions and in­com­pat­ib­il­ity fol­low­ing...
The re­cent Court of Ap­peal case of Hill­side Parks Ltd v Snow­do­nia Na­tion­al Park Au­thor­ity (2020) is the latest in a series of re­cent plan­ning law cases in­clud­ing Lam­beth v Sec­ret­ary of State for Hous­ing...
07 September 2020
Health and Leis­ure (Class D Uses) with­in the New Plan­ning Class E Use Class...
Changes to the Use Classes Or­der for Eng­land came in­to ef­fect on 1 Septem­ber 2020 [see 1 be­low] (see our re­cent Law-Now art­icles here and here). The changes in­cluded a new “Class E” which cap­tures...
24 June 2020
Gov­ern­ment an­nounces auto­mat­ic ex­ten­sion of plan­ning per­mis­sions- coronavir­us
The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce meas­ures to ex­tend plan­ning per­mis­sions which were due to ex­pire this year. Plan­ning per­mis­sions typ­ic­ally “lapse” if they are not im­ple­men­ted with­in...
11 June 2020
Tem­por­ary changes to con­sulta­tion re­quire­ments for plan­ning ap­plic­a­tions...
The Town and Coun­try Plan­ning (De­vel­op­ment Man­age­ment Pro­ced­ure, Lis­ted Build­ings and En­vir­on­ment­al Im­pact As­sess­ment) (Eng­land) (Coronavir­us) (Amend­ment) Reg­u­la­tions 2020 have come in­to force. These...
11 June 2020
In­spect­ors can now ‘go be­hind’ list­ings in lis­ted build­ing ap­peals, the...
On 20 May 2020, the Su­preme Court ruled in Dill v SHCLG and an­oth­er [2020] UK­SC 20 that a plan­ning in­spect­or, in con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal un­der ss20 or 39 of the Plan­ning (Lis­ted Build­ings and Con­ser­va­tion...
06 May 2020
More cli­mate in the courts: UK
Two fur­ther cases re­lat­ing to po­ten­tially high green­house gas emis­sions pro­jects are to be re­viewed by the Courts in the UK. Both have po­ten­tial im­plic­a­tions for how de­velopers, in­vestors, reg­u­lat­ors...
27 March 2020
Pro­gress­ing de­vel­op­ments in the shad­ow of COV­ID-19 – Deemed Dis­charge No­tices
As loc­al au­thor­it­ies (“LPAs”) seek to deal with COV­ID-19, their ca­pa­city to ap­prove plan­ning con­di­tions ne­ces­sary to bring for­ward de­vel­op­ment may be re­duced. In­stead of form­al ap­prov­al, de­velopers...
03 December 2019
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...
25 October 2019
Plan­ning judg­ment on air qual­ity: con­tem­por­ary com­mer­cial think­ing ex­posed?
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...
Spring/Summer 2019
Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters - Spring/Sum­mer 2019
CMS is de­lighted to provide you with the latest edi­tion of Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters, our bul­let­in for the ho­tels and leis­ure in­dustry. This pub­lic­a­tion ex­plores re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the ho­tels and leis­ure...
20 March 2019
Glob­al Plan­ning/ Zon­ing/ Con­sent­ing Group
Plan­ning shapes every as­pect of our lives. The build­ings and en­vir­on­ments in which we live, work, shop, play and edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion are all shaped by the plan­ning sys­tem. The con­struc­tion and...
25 January 2019
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...