Experienced planner joins expanding property and business group

Published May 15th, 2013

Leading property and business advisors Berrys is expanding its planning team at Shrewsbury with the appointment of well known former planning officer Stuart Thomas as senior planning practitioner.

Stuart will be working alongside Stephen Locke, Peter Fenwick, Nick Williams and Mandy Seedhouse to further develop planning and development services in Shropshire, Wales and surrounding counties.

He has a wealth of experience having held key planning officer positions at Shropshire Council, North Shropshire District Council and Powys County Council since 2003.

He joins Berrys from Shropshire Council where he managed the planning team responsible for 4000 or so planning applications each year and led an ambitious transformation programme to deliver budget savings, business efficiencies and positive changes to the planning service and its customers.

Academically, Stuart completed an MA in Town Planning and Development part time at the University of Central England from 2000 to 2003 while working as a planning liaison officer with the Environment Agency. He also has a 2:1 honours degree in Human Geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

He is full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a PRINCE II Project Management Qualified Practitioner.

“There is a growing market for planning and development work and Stuart’s appointment will considerably increase our planning delivery capability,” said Stephen Locke, Berrys’ partner and lead planner at Shrewsbury.

“As well as working with our existing clients Stuart will be developing new areas of planning work such as retail and commercial and helping to enhance the planning service across the whole of Berrys.”

Stuart said he was looking forward to working for Berrys: “Having worked on the other side of the planning desk I have been impressed with the planning services offered by Berrys. The firm has the right approach to the planning application process and has a high level of success,” he said.

“I am sure that my passion, drive and experience will add a further dimension to a well established team.”

Outside work, Stuart’s is a keen golfer playing off a competitive handicap of seven. In 2012 he was elected captain of Arscott Golf Club captain, becoming one of the youngest ever golf club captains in England and Wales. He lives in Shrewsbury.

For further details contact Stephen Locke on 01743 267062 or Stuart Thomas on 01743 271697.

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Stuart has an MA in Town Planning and Development, an honours degree in Human Geography, is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a PRINCE II Project Management Qualified Practitioner. He joined Berrys in May 2013 and became a partner of the firm in April 2014. He is Head of Planning, responsible for the delivery of planning services across all five offices. Prior to joining Berrys, Stuart held a number of senior Council positions including Head of Development Control at North Shropshire District Council and Area Planning Manager at Shropshire Council.

Stuart has 15 years of experience is all aspects of planning. Specific areas of expertise include agricultural and intensive poultry planning, affordable housing, strategic residential, renewable and commercial developments and rural housing. Stuart has also considerable experience in understanding the finer detail of National Planning Policy, Community Infrastructure Levy, S106 negotiations and planning appeals.