Homes for Scotland appoints Kevin Murphy as head of planning
Home building sector representative body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has announced the appointment of Kevin Murphy as its new head of planning.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Mr Murphy joins from Persimmon Homes where he was planning manager, leading on planning applications, undertaking pre-application discussions and consultations, and making representations on matters of local and national planning policy.
His experience at the coalface of planning for residential development will be welcomed by HFS members who are facing considerable challenges following the transition to the new National Planning Framework 4. A key priority for Mr Murphy will be promoting research which has been commissioned by HFS to help better quantify the level of housing need that exists across the country beyond current narrow measures.
Mr Murphy said: “The planning system is fundamental to Scotland’s social wellbeing and economic success, ensuring the country has the range and choice of homes that all those who live here require.
“This must, of course, be balanced with the climate emergency and environment, and I am looking forward to working both with members and other stakeholders to achieve this.”
HFS chief executive Jane Wood added: “I am delighted to welcome Kevin to our team.
“His background and acute understanding of the issues our members are dealing with on a daily basis enables him to talk with real insight and authenticity – essential skills as we seek to increase understanding of the pressures facing home builders and make the case for better resourcing for our colleagues working in local authorities.”