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Richards, Moorehead & Laing Ltd

Limited Company | www.rmlconsult.com

55 Well Street
LL15 1AF

Telephone: 01824 704366
Fax: 01824 705450
Mobile: 07702369307
Contact: Mr Stephen Blunt

Email: s.blunt@rmlconsult.com

Website: www.rmlconsult.com


55 Well Street
LL15 1AF

Telephone: 01824 704366
Fax: 01824 705450
Mobile: 07702369307
Contact: Mr Stephen Blunt

Email: s.blunt@rmlconsult.com

Mr Stephen Blunt BSc MSc CMLI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Stephen Blunt

Stephen is highly experienced in team working. He considers others’ viewpoints and understands their objectives and constraints, but will present his case clearly, analyse differences and find logical solutions. He is a vegetation specialist with a background in land reclamation, mineral workings and waste sites. Highways projects, from design to long-term management stages, have been a focus of his work for the last 20 years. He has experience as Environmental Co-ordinator and Expert Witness, giving evidence at Public Inquiry and in court. He is a hands-on manager of projects, undertaking EIA and feasibility studies for highways, mineral extraction and quarry filling projects, preparing planning applications and gaining NRW licences for the use of waste materials. He has worked closely with Engineers and related disciplines throughout his career, and is skilled in bringing together their inputs with those of environmental team members. He briefs a wide range of technical specialists and interprets their work to produce comprehensive and integrated reports, and debates the issues with consultees, regulators and objectors.

Miss Shan Jones BA MCD MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Miss Shan Jones

Shân's interest in the town and country planning process began during her first degree, and she subsequently qualified with a Masters in Civic Design from Liverpool University. The majority of Shân's professional life as a Chartered Planner for over 20 years has been in local authority planning work, where she has dealt with a wide range of clients and project proposals as well as the production of guidance documents. Shân is fully bilingual, and had her upbringing on a working farm in North Wales. She currently lives on a working farm and has other small business interests and hobbies locally.

Mr Andrew Sumner BA Dip LA CMLI  [ E-mail ]

Mr Andrew Sumner

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience as a Landscape Architect. He has spent the last 22 years working for RML. He is a highly motivated, creative professional who is skilled in solving the problems associated with new development in sensitive environments. His work has encompassed feasibility studies, landscape master planning, landscape and ecological design, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Inquiries, contract management, construction management and historic landscape conservation.
An experienced designer with a background in urban and rural landscape design, he has taken the role of Environmental Coordinator on a range of challenging rural roads projects in National Parks and other sensitive settings.

Mr Ivor Richards OBE BSc CEng MICE  [ E-mail ]

Mr Ivor Richards OBE

Ivor Richards OBE is chairman and managing director of Richards Moorehead and Laing Ltd. Ivor is a freeman of the City of London and has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators since 1994. He was Master of the Company in 2013 and was able to develop links with many of the other livery companies that have an interest in water usage and environmental matters. The worshipful company promotes ‘The development and advancement of the science art and practice of water and environmental management’. As a trustee of the Water Conservation Trust, Ivor is involved in supporting postgraduate education at a number of universities as well as work in schools.

In October 1966 Ivor was directly involved in the recovery work following the Aberfan disaster and this event has dominated his engineering career.

After spending 11 years working in the public sector for water undertakings Ivor joined an engineering consultancy in 1972 that was engaged principally in the clearance and development of derelict land. In the 1970s Ivor began developing a multi-disciplined approach to civil engineering projects. In 1984 Ivor established Richards Moorehead and Laing Ltd. as a multidisciplined company that would combine engineering environmental and landscape work. Ivor has always sought work in niche markets; areas where RML’s existing knowledge could be put to different, interesting and profitable uses. In recent years Ivor has established design and build companies that put the company’s technical knowledge into practice. Ivor sees this as a route by which professional people can gain great satisfaction from the ownership of projects.

Mr David Richards BSc MSc MCIWEM  [ E-mail ]

Mr David Richards

David is a freeman of the City of London and has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators since 2010. In July 2013 he was made a liveryman of the company and bailiff to the Master for the year 2013-2014. The worshipful company promotes ‘The development and advancement of the science art and practice of water and environmental management’

David has a background in the physical and mathematical sciences along with experience in roles in the Information Technology industry before joining RML in 2002 as a Business Support Executive. Along with supporting the Directors of RML with business development and R&D David has taken on the principal role in developing and managing the IT infrastructure for the company. As part of this role David has developed the business continuity plan and offsite facilities for data backup and network facilities.

In 2006 David was a founding Director of RML Bioengineering, a design and build firm wholly owned by RML to carry out construction works using innovative engineering techniques developed in RML for slope stabilisation. He is responsible for project management of the design and construction phases, and supervision of the works.


Agricultural Developments, Barn Conversions, Development Applications, Estates, Farms, Horticulture, Planning & Development, Small Holdings


Archaeology, Conservation Areas, Design Layout, Ecology, Historic Towns / Sites

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Appropriate Assessment (Habitats Regulations), Coastal Planning, Ecological Surveys, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Strategies, Environmental Statements, National Parks, SSSI (Special Sites of Scientific Interest), Visual Impact Assessments, Wind Farms


Characterisation Studies, Design Layout, Masterplanning

Health Planning

BREEAM Assessments




Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction, Site Design Layout, Waste Disposal

Information Technology

CAD, GIS, Internet, Web & Graphic Design

Local Authority Services

Contracted Out Services

Minerals & Waste

Minerals/Aggregates Extraction, Quarries

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness

Renewable Energy

Biomass, BREEAM, Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power


Environmental Impact Assessment, Feasibility Studies, Viability and Planning Assessments and Inquiries

Tourism & Leisure

Marinas, Parks, Playing Fields


Cycle Ways, Motorways, Roads

Urban Regeneration

Brownfield Sites

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      12
Total Professional Staff      5
Chartered Town Planners      1
Chartered & Professional Engineers      1
Landscape & Environment Professionals      3
Quality Assured      ISO 9001

International experience

Working throughout the UK and Europe, our experienced staff are skilled in the integration of new developments into sensitive urban and rural situations, combining creative design with sound technical knowledge.

Client focus

We provide a commercially aware, dedicated and responsive service and always aim to add value to a project. We are equally adept at leading the design or collaborating within multi-disciplinary project teams, supporting the Residential, Commercial & retail, Mineral extraction & waste management and Leisure, Heritage & tourism sectors.

Expert Witness

Expert Witness and Public Inquiry work: RML staff have prepared and presented evidence as expert witnesses at public inquiries into planning applications and trunk road schemes.


Once planning permission has been granted, we provide support in negotiating and fulfilling conditions, monitoring sites, managing site restoration works and representing our clients at liaison meetings.

For more information visit www.rmlconsult.com