Darren
Hirst

Partner, Rural

Darren joined Bidwells in 2005 and has over 10 years’ post graduate experience.

He graduated from Cardiff University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Geography, and went on to read for a PhD in Marine Environmental Management, also at Cardiff University, graduating in 2005.

He has extensive experience of providing valuation advice and negotiating new leases, rent reviews and disposals for commercial and non-commercial occupation of Crown foreshore and/or seabed, as well as undertaking portfolio valuations (of both the Scottish Coastal and UK Fish Farming Estates), preparing and monitoring annual budgets through to community and stakeholders engagement.

Darren is also a member of the Clyde Mooring Committee, responsible for granting navigation consents for moorings within the Clyde Estuary, and was a member of the subcommittee charged with reviewing the provision of small vessel anchorages within the Clyde (to ensure appropriate areas are maintained free of moorings or other structures for use by the leisure sailing community).

Darren has acted as a managing agent on behalf of The Crown Estate in respect of their coastal interests in Scotland for over a decade. In addition to managing the day-today delivery of The Crown Estate Coastal contract – including coordinating and overseeing input from our four Scottish offices and 16 strong Marine Team - Darren is directly responsible for the management of the South West Coast from the River Clyde to the English border.

  • Marine Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and aquaculture planning consultancy
  • Independent research e.g. aquaculture Permitted Development Rights
  • Wind and Solar PV
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Feasibility studies and constraint assessments
  • Negotiating land agreements - Options, Leases, Wayleaves and Servitudes
  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory and financial support systems (FIT, ROC and CfD)
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