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Stefano Smith Planning Director

Stefano is a commercial and pragmatic development planner with a strong customer focus. Stefano has nearly 30 years of UK professional experience managing multidisciplinary teams within a planning, environmental, design and engineering consultancy. He has extensive experience in providing development planning and project management services in the environment, infrastructure, energy, commercial, industrial, housing and mixed-use sectors. Stefano is also recognised as a leading contributor to the planning profession and sits on the Scottish Executive Committee of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Stefano is a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (FRTPI) with specific experience in statutory planning (including approvals & consents and expert witness), sustainability, regeneration, master planning & urban design, consultation & engagement strategies & tools and development economics. He is an experienced practitioner in stakeholder engagement and the development of communication strategies, as well as the use of appraisal and assessment tools.

Stefano has successfully advised, negotiated and delivered complex land development and infrastructure projects of a range of sizes. He has gained experience in both the private and public sectors, particularly regarding the principles and practice of the economics of urban regeneration, land development, sustainability, urban design, complex environmental assessment and project management.

Key projects include:

  • West Riverside at Loch Lomond
  • Infrastructure Levy Research Project, Scottish Government
  • Cockenzie Masterplan
  • Residential development at Burdiehouse (Edinburgh) – Major EIA PPiP Planning Application
  • Nigg Development Masterplan
  • Subsea pipeline connecting between the UK (Scotland) and Norway – Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Highways Agency De-trunking Inquiry of A595/A5092 Calder Bridge to Greenodd, West Cumbria