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    At LSP, we will always be honest. If we truly believe that there is no chance of success, we will tell you.


    We are a Town Planning and Development Consultancy based in the historic market town of Shrewsbury covering the whole of Shropshire, the surrounding counties and Mid and West Wales and know our area very well. In our experience local knowledge can be invaluable in planning terms.

    Our senior Planning Consultants are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute and former Local Authority Planners, with a wide knowledge and expertise in Town Planning.  They are experienced in both urban and rural issues and can therefore, help you with planning matters right across the spectrum e.g. residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, minerals and waste, or tourism and leisure.

    We are a friendly and efficient team who would like to help you through the increasingly difficult and complex planning processes.  We understand that planning can prove to be a bit of a minefield and both time consuming and somewhat frustrating at times!  Over the years we have established good working relations with all the Local Planning Authorities (LPA) that we deal with.

    Using our excellent network of contacts we are also able to put together and co-ordinate a team of professionals who can provide the ever growing amount of information and reports required by LPA’s to support your planning application.

    Meet the team
    Les Stephan
    Director | Planning Consultant

    Les was born in Ironbridge and has lived in Shrewsbury for many years. Les had extensive experience in various Local Authority planning departments before moving to the private sector and establishing the Practice in 1993.
    Hazel Stephan
    Director | Admin & Finance

    Hazel lives in Shrewsbury with her husband Les Stephan; joining him at the Practice in 1995. Hazel is responsible for administrative, personnel and financial matters. Personal Interests: Swimming, Cooking, Entertaining, Concerts.

    Sam Stephan
    Planning & Technical Assistant

    Sam joined the Practice in August 2011 and is our primary Planning & Technical assistant. Personal Interests: Playing guitar, Reading, Movies.

    Stuart Taylor
    Planning Consultant

    Stuart lives in Bishops Castle and joined the Practice in July 2008. He was previously a Principal Planning Officer with South Shropshire District Council. Stuart moved to Shropshire in 1988 having worked for 3 years in Derbyshire. Personal Interests: Cycling, DIY, Trains and Playing Drums!

    Rob Mills
    Planning Consultant

    Rob lives near Church Stretton and joined the Practice in May 2011. Prior to this, Rob was Head of Development Control at South Shropshire District Council for its entire history from 1974 until 2009. Personal Interests: Countryside Walks, History, Gardening, Food and Wine.

    Cathryn Johnson
    Planning Consultant

    Cathryn lives in Llangollen and joined the Practice in 2017. Personal Interests: Rowing and horse riding.

    Chris Rose
    Office Manager

    Chris joined the Practice in 2008 bringing a wealth of experience gained in both public & private sector. She is responsible for the day to day management and your first point of contact on financial & administrative matters. Personal Interests: Travel, Reading, Walking, being a Grandmother to 8!