Our Associates



We have both formal and informal links with professional networks and other consultants across a range of specialisms including development management (planning applications), sport, active travel, economic development, sustainability, landscape, environment, urban design, ecology, biodiversity and community consultation.  Some of these are listed below.  The combination of our own expertise and our extensive network means that we can provide you with the technical capability and capacity you need.


Nick Lockwood, Freelance Sports Consultant

Tim Nicholls, Sports Consultant, TN Sports Consultancy

Toby Wintgens, Sport and Leisure Consultant, TW Consulting

Martin Lee, Chartered Town Planner, Martin Lee Associates

Jo Widdecombe, Freelance Plannng Consultant

Land Use Consultants


Community Consultant, Paul Weston

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP)

Community Council for Somerset (CCS)

Environmental Consultant, Clare Reid

What our clients say about us ...

"...a friendly, calm, experienced consultant ..."

"Without Stuart, our plan would have been a very very poor version of the great plan we have.Several years ago, we were recommended that Stuart could help us with the emerging Perranzabuloe Neighbourhood Plan. Our initial meetings exposed a friendly, calm, experienced consultant who quickly became a vital member of our team. The Steering Group quickly learnt that if we were struggling on an issue, getting Stuart involved would give us clarity as to the options. Our reviews by Cornwall Council have all been very positive. As I write this (November 2023) we are at Regulation 16 stage. There was a recent meeting in relation to a new secondary school on the outskirts of Perranporth attended by highly experienced planners, including members of Cornwall Council's planning team. All said how well written our plan was. This is in very large part due to Stuart."

Rory Jenkins, Chairman of the Perranzabuloe Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), Steering Group

"...what would we do without Stuart..."

"How many times have I said, as Chair of our Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for the last nearly 5 years,  “What would we do without Stuart”.   From the beginning to end (we are currently under the External Examination Process) he has guided us through the minefields of Planning Law, consultation, data collection and responses to it, liaison with our Planning Authority and enabled the creation of what we think is a  Neighbourhood Plan for Teignmouth that we can be proud of.  His ability to analyse and direct us from what we have, to what we need to have, was nothing short of miraculous so that we have created a set of current and sustainable policies with justifications and evidential supporting documentation (and a Design Code) that will take us into the future and enable us to make our town the best it can be.  He has patiently  worked with some quite difficult characters (myself included) and mountains of information that we collected and supported us with the technical planning knowledge which we didn’t have.   I would thoroughly recommend him as a consultant for your Neighbourhood Plan creation journey (and indeed have already done so several times)."

Councillor Joan Atkins, Chair of Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Mayor, Teignmouth Town Council (November 2023)

"...well respected amongst others in the planning world..."

“We were so lucky that we selected Stuart Todd to support us with our Neighbourhood Plan. It seemed a daunting process to undertake but, from the start, Stuart was able to guide us through the steps, especially me as the Neighbourhood Plan Administrator. Stuart explained everything in a language we could understand and was very patient with any questions we had. It all made the process so much easier.  As we gathered our evidence base, Stuart was able to take all the information and turn it into a comprehensive draft plan and policies. Stuart is well respected amongst others in the planning world and when we mentioned Stuart was supporting us, we always received positive feedback and little challenge to documents we had produced. It was well worth the investment and I would highly recommend using Stuart if you are undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan. In fact, I hope we will be able to use him again when we undertake a review.”

Catherine Faulkner, Ruishton and Thornfalcon Neighbourhood Plan Administrator

"...delighted to find a professional, knowledgeable and flexible lead..."

"Finding support for delivering comprehensive but also practical and actionable playing pitch strategy is not always easy.  Through Stuart Todd Associates, Active Dorset and their Local Authority partners, were delighted to find a professional, knowledgeable and flexible lead for this work, we were delighted."

Martin Kimberley, Chief Executive, Active Dorset

“…high degree of technical knowledge and expertise…”

“Stuart Todd is my kind of planner - someone who sees the people that use the buildings and the land; and recognises that it’s all about enabling them to live and work happily and harmoniously with their surroundings. Stuart has a high degree of technical knowledge and expertise. He has proven adept at applying it and sharing it in a way that enables his client group to engage meaningfully with the planning process.”

Paul Weston, Community Consultant

“…an enviable eye to detail and quality of client service…”

“Stuart undertakes, completes and presents work within deadline with an enviable eye to detail and quality of client service. He is a genuine pleasure to work in partnership with. Stuart has a sociable soul with a very well-established and broad network of professional contacts to match.”

Martin Lee, Chartered Town & Country Planning Consultant, Martin Lee Associates

“…always delivers on time and to a very high quality…”

We engaged Stuart following a competitive tender process to undertake the delivery of our Playing Pitch Strategy, and have worked with him previously on other Local Plan evidence base work. The scope of the work we needed was data analysis, strategy writing and action plan formulation, as well as an in depth knowledge of the Sport England methodology and a practical knowledge of its application.  Stuart is extremely meticulous and his knowledge and understanding of this area is very in-depth. His engagement with us as his client has been excellent, providing valuable and honest advice, and his work is always delivered on time and to a very high quality.  I would gladly recommend him.”

Amy Colbran, Policy Planner, Swindon Borough Council

“…an extraordinary ability to give that so important little extra…”

“Stuart Todd came to South Petherton to help the Parish Council navigate the tricky waters of neighbourhood planning.   It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Steering Group and Parish Council to thank Stuart for his huge effort, professional commitment and knowledge, infinite patience and an extraordinary ability to give that so important little extra. It was a great pleasure to work with Stuart.”

Councillor Graham Gatehouse, South Petherton Parish Council (and Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group)

“…easy to work with, knowledgeable and thorough…”

“Stuart worked with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to develop our Sports Facility and Playing Pitch Strategies for Bournemouth & Poole.  Stuart’s easy to work with, knowledgeable and thorough in everything he does, what Stuart said he said he’d do was done on time and to an excellent standard; he offers a bespoke service that we don’t often see in consultants, something that comes from listening, background research and attention to detail.  I’d certainly use Stuart again, whether that’s for sports related strategies or other open space plans and strategies work tying into our local planning processes.”

Michael Rowlands, Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council

“…an outstanding choice to work with on our neighbourhood plan…”

"Stuart Todd Associates were an outstanding choice to work with on our neighbourhood plan; friendly, reliable and professional support was always there when it was most needed.  The attention to detail, intuitive understanding of communities and delivery to deadlines has been outstanding.”

Tracey Bell, Clerk, Dunkeswell Parish Council

“…highly valued part of the team…”

“Stuart Todd has taught on our MSc in Sustainable Planning for a number of years and is highly regarded by our students. He provides expert insight into place making policy, governance and stakeholder engagement. He’s a highly valued part of the team.”

Dr Richard Southern FRGS, Dean of the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire

"...immensely satisfied with the high quality service..."

“We have been immensely satisfied with the high quality service provided by Stuart. He worked with us to develop an extremely important Business Plan which has underpinned our applications for funding to provide significant enhancements to our community. He worked to tight deadlines and presented confidently to our Project Team meetings. Stuart produced an impressively professional document at a very reasonable cost. He was very easy to work with and was consistently friendly and efficient. I wouldn’t hesitate to use his services again.”

Tatiana Cant, Town Clerk, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council