Berrys ranked number one county-based planning consultancy in Shropshire

Published December 6th, 2016

Shrewsbury business, property and planning firm Berrys has been rated the number one county-based planning consultancy in Shropshire for the second year running.

This has been confirmed by the annual Planning Consultancy Survey which ranks Berrys in the top 50 of planning firms, based on the number of consultants and the volume of planning work.

The Survey was conducted by Planning, the professional journal for members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


“This is a fantastic achievement and one we can be proud of,” said Stuart Thomas, partner and head of planning at Berrys.

“The national list ranks us among the major national planning firms and makes us the top county-based firm in Shropshire again.

“Success in planning is based on in-depth knowledge and experience and we have built up a dedicated team of chartered town planners rather than adding planning to the duties carried out by chartered surveyors in the firm,” he said.

Within three years of expanding its planning department, the team now has six Royal Town Planning Institute qualified planning consultants based in Shropshire: Stuart Thomas, Helen Howie, Mandy Seedhouse, Amy Henson, Nick Williams and Mike Lloyd and a staff of 14 in the planning team nationally.

“Working alongside the planning consultancy at Shrewsbury we have a team of experienced architectural technicians so that we can offer a complete design service as well as planning,” Stuart added.

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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.