About us

We advise architects and developers to help secure planning permission for development schemes. Our projects are almost entirely within the residential sector and we work across all London boroughs.

Our planners provide up to date knowledge of planning legislation and policy together with extensive experience of dealing with local planning authorities to provide our clients with a seamless service. We pride ourselves on our strategic approach, which reduces delays and allows the best possible planning permission to be secured.

We particularly enjoy working with design-led architecture practices to unlock the potential of awkward and challenging sites through innovative design.

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Mark Matheson


Stratagem was established in 2013 by director Mark Matheson. Mark is a Chartered Town Planner and has many years of experience within the planning and development sector.

Prior to establishing Stratagem Mark worked for three London local planning authorities giving him an excellent understanding of the culture and working practices within development management.

Mark has successfully led project teams to secure planning permission on many complex and challenging sites and particularly enjoys identifying innovative strategies to unlock the planning potential of properties.

Stephen Hill

Planning Consultant

Stephen practised law for 20 years before becoming a planning consultant. He has a background in litigation, often relating to property development, advising developers and residential property owners.

Stephen has been involved in a number of residential projects as a lawyer and planner, and has a track record of managing teams of experts and consultants. He writes for the national and legal press on matters relating to property and development.

Stephen’s expertise is in legislation and regulations relating to the change of use of property and planning applications for mixed use schemes.


Stratagem is expanding. We are looking for talented people to help us deliver an exceptional service to our clients.

Our team is made up of great planners who are passionate about the built environment. If you are looking to join a fast-growing practice in the heart of Shoreditch, contact us. We offer excellent terms including flexible working.

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“Thank you for your work here, you have both patiently shepherded us through a gruelling process.”

Daniel Sacerdoti

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