HBF appoints planning and policy adviser for Wales

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 1 May 2014

Mark Harris

Mark Harris has been appointed as planning and policy advisor covering Wales for industry lobby group the Home Builder’s Federation (HBF).

Harris started his new role today, and replaces the incumbent, Richard Price.

Harris is a chartered town planner, and joins the HBF from Bridgend County Borough Council, where he was principal regeneration officer after serving in a number of planning-related roles.

Previously he has worked in the private sector for housebuilder Bellway Homes and consultancy GVA Grimley, and in the public sector for Cardiff City Council.

Harris is currently also senior vice chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru and a member of the RTPI policy and research forum

Harris told Planning: “I believe my experience in both the public and private sectors will enable to me effectively represent housebuilders on the many issues key to the industry being able to deliver the new homes Wales needs.

“At a time when big changes in the planning system are underway I hope my close links to RTPI Cymru will also assist in this role.”

Harris gained his MRTPI after completing a batchelor degree in urban and regional planning.

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