Blair Melville has stepped down as head of planning strategy at industry body Homes for Scotland to join planning consultancy Turley.
Melville served at Homes for Scotland since 2002, responsible for all development plan and policy matters.
During his time at the body, which represents housebuilders north of the border, he led the coordination of policy positions, submissions and evidence on housing plans, housing audits and local housing strategies.
Colin Smith, Scotland office director at Turley, said: “Blair has played a key role in shaping and influencing planning policy thinking in the housebuilding sector in Scotland for over a decade and has a terrific reputation.
“The skills, insights and contributions he will bring to the firm will be of enormous benefit and value to our clients.”
Melville is expected to contribute to a number of high-profile projects Turley is currently working on.
These projects include the West Edinburgh Strategic Development Area, Pollok Town Centre in Glasgow, India Buildings in Edinburgh and Blindwells New Settlement in East Lothian.
Prior to his time at Homes for Scotland, Melville worked as a planner at Perth & Kinross Council for five and a half years, and at the former Tayside Regional Council for 17 years.
He gained a bachelor’s degree in town and country planning from Newcastle University in 1979, and a master’s in geography from St Andrew’s University.
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