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IED Director shares permitted development rights expertise with Westminster audience


Institute of Economic Development (IED) Director Stuart Hardisty was a guest speaker at a Westminster Briefing event on Permitted Development Rights in Planning: Policy Updates, Mitigating Problems and Making use of Opportunities.

The conference, which was held in London on 29th August 2019, explored the latest policy changes in utilising permitted development rights in the planning process, how organisations can make use of the opportunities when these are rights are exploited, and overcoming problems when deployed without sufficient insight.

Stuart, who spoke specifically on employment land and permitted development rights, was joined by senior representatives from Southwark Council, Crawley Borough Council and planning consultancies. You can view his presentation slides here.

With 19 years’ experience in the field of economic development consulting, Stuart is a Director of Hardisty Jones Associates, having previously worked for DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield), latterly leading its economic development team across Wales and the South West of England.

Operating extensively at the interface of economic development and planning, Stuart has worked for a broad range of clients across the UK in both the public and private sectors, including government departments, regional development agencies, sub-regional partnerships, LEPs, local authorities and developers.

He has served on the Board of the IED since 2015 and is leading the work of the Institute on matters around employment land. Stuart has blogged on the issue of permitted development rights, and you can read his commentary here:


Stuart Hardisty is available for interview via Phil Smith, Institute of Economic Development PR consultant, 01778 218180 / 07866 436159 /

Notes to editors:

The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners. Established over 30 years ago, the IED’s key objective is to represent the interests of economic development practitioners and ensure their views are widely expressed and noted. The IED is committed to demonstrating the value of economic development work for local and regional communities; the pursuit of best practice in economic development and the attainment of the highest standards of professional conduct and competence.