Steve joined Hobbs Parker in January 2016 from Canterbury City Council where he led the Development Management Team for four years. Steve has over 28 years experience of planning in the public sector, working primarily in Development Management, but also in Local Plans and Heritage. This experience has been gained in both Kent and Northamptonshire.
Steve is a Senior Planning Consultant within our Property Development team. His particular area of expertise is with major development projects, where he has significant experience of the handling of strategic residential and commercial schemes. Steve also has experience in a wide variety of other types of development, including retail, residential, commercial, leisure, educational, energy and agricultural related proposals. Steve has extensive knowledge of planning procedures and case law and can draw on his wealth of experience to provide incisive planning advice.
Steve was brought up in Wales but has lived in Kent since 1999. He has a range of interests outside of work, including travel, history and photography. Although no longer playing, he retains a keen interest in rugby and cricket and now spends much of his leisure time cycling and more recently gardening.
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Biodiversity Net Gain - what we know so far
The Environment Bill of 2018 contained a proposal by the Government to make this a mandate to be demonstrated by all development proposals in order to obtain planning permission. It is now identified as policy […]Find out more
The Importance of Place Making – Will A National Design Code Assist?
The main criticism of new development is that it does not create the quality of environment that we like. We all have our favourite places to visit, the place where the mix of buildings and […]Find out more
Stour Catchment Planning Update
In July 2020, Natural England issued water quality advice that had an immediate impact on planning applications for new homes located within the Stour Catchment, although it took until late September for Local Authorities to […]Find out more
Planning regime changes to allow more flexible use of buildings
The Government initially implemented Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to make it relatively simple to convert office space into residential accommodation, and now it has made further changes which allow premises used as shops, for financial […]Find out more
Permitted development in town centres
Potential planning changes could have implications for our town centres, which is timely given the ongoing crop of high profile retail administrations. The Government consultation on Permitted Developments Rights covering the upward extensions of buildings […]Find out more
National Planning Policy Framework update
The redesign of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has given councils greater powers to promote housing. However, the Government can now punish councils if they don’t deliver the presumption in favour of sustainable development. The reality is most authorities, cashstrapped by […]Find out more
Green plans could mean red light for development
Ashford-based Hobbs Parker Property Consultants LLP (HPPC) is concerned that if confirmed DEFRA’s consultation about development delivering a bio-diversity net gain will introduce an additional requirement on developers that will need to be addressed from […]Find out more
19 New Development Sites for Ashford
The draft local plan was put out to consultation last year. It has been reviewed by the Council and the latest version of the plan is due to be put to the Council’s cabinet with […]Find out more
Outlook Summer 2017
In this edition: We look at how owners of brownfield sites looking to bring forward housing-led development could be given permission in principle (PiP) after new planning legislation came into force on 15 April, according […]Find out more
Planning to succeed
As a result, development can be difficult, especially for housebuilders, as many local communities fail to recognise the need to increase the demand of the growing population. The Government, which is publicly committed to delivering a […]Find out more