darren hirst
Partner, Rural

Darren joined Bidwells in 2005 and has over 13 years’ post-graduate property experience.  He is a Partner based in our Perth Office.

Darren 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 acted as a managing agent on behalf of The Crown Estate, and more recently Crown Estate Scotland, in respect of their coastal interests in Scotland for over a decade. In addition to managing the day-to-day delivery of services – including coordinating and overseeing input from our four Scottish offices and 17-strong Marine Team - Darren is directly responsible for the management of the South West Coast from the River Clyde to the English border.

Darren 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, preparing and monitoring annual budgets through to community and stakeholder engagement. He is an integral member of Bidwells’ valuation team responsible for carrying out the annual valuations of The Crown Estate’s / Crown Estate Scotland’s Scottish Coastal and UK Aquaculture Portfolios.

Darren also specialises in assessing renewable energy development opportunities and project viability, and supporting the planning team progress applications through the planning system. He has acted on behalf of private and institutional clients on a wide range of projects across Scotland and has particular specialisms in; feasibility studies and constraint assessments, energy yield assessments, financial appraisals and valuations, stakeholder consultations and due diligence.
He has been involved in projects ranging from domestic and community scale wind developments to multi-megawatt wind and Solar PV farms.

Recent projects include:

  • Negotiation of ground leases with P&O and Stena Line for their respective port interests in Loch Ryan.
  • Negotiation of ‘master agreements’ with CMAL, the Secretary of State for Defence and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar.
  • Negotiation of ground leases for various marinas and pontoon facilities from Stranraer, Girvan and Port Bannatyne to the Inner Clyde.
  • Negotiation of a land agreement on behalf of an institutional client in relation to SSER’s consented Clyde Wind Farm Extension, including provision of valuation advice.
  • Negotiation of wayleave agreements on behalf of two landowners in respect of the electricity export cable originating from Falck’s consented Kingsburn Wind Farm.
  • 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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