Brian Muir

Partner, Planning

Brian is a chartered town planner with more than 40 years of experience in both public sector (11 years) and private sector (32 years). He has advised on many of the largest, most complex, and most sensitive development projects in Scotland, in all sectors and for a wide range of corporate and private clients.

Brian was a founding partner of niche planning consultancy Muir Smith Evans which merged with Ryden in 2017. Prior to founding Muir Smith Evans in 2004, he was a Director at Turley, having established Turley’s first office in Scotland in 1989. Before then he worked for various local planning authorities, latterly as head of development control in Clydebank District Council.


  • Extensive consultancy experience.
  • Honest and clear advice which is commercially-aware.
  • Sound judgment on key planning issues.
  • Devising robust planning strategies
  • Focusing on outcomes.
  • Understanding statutory planning system and senior contacts with Scottish Government and Local Planning Authorities.
  • Multi-disciplinary team player at senior management level. 
  • Skilled in presenting to committees and public forums, and acting as an expert witness.


Inverness Arc Lead consultant for successive owners since 2003 for the development framework and masterplan for Stratton New Town, providing related development plan negotiations and planning applications.

Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh Planning advisor to successive owners since 1996, negotiating and delivering all the major expansions and reconfigurations of the largest retail park in the UK.

University of Glasgow Advised on all planning strategy and tactics for the redevelopment of the former Western Infirmary, including the Campus Development Framework and the subsequent Masterplan. Secured planning permission in principle for the redevelopment of the site to deliver the new Western Campus. Has also provided planning advice on a wide range of development projects including the Small Animal Hospital, The Beatson Institute and the BHF Cardiovascular Research Centre.

Retail planning advice on a wide range of projects and for a diverse range of retailers.