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Scottish Planner returns from overseas posting

Martin Hannah
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Martin Hannah has joined the Glasgow office of Cushman & Wakefield as Senior Consultant with the Planning and Development team.

Martin recently returned to Scotland from St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most remote islands in the world, where he was Head of Planning and development Control under contract to St Helena Government for 30 months.

He said: “Due to its isolation and history it is a very unique place with much to offer the visitor but with a new airport and related infrastructure already under construction on the island and a huge amount of related development work in the pipeline it was a significant professional challenge to promote probity in planning, sound decision-making and good governance.

“I didn’t have much spare time to enjoy my surroundings but the work was enjoyable though pressured. We made many new friends there from across different parts of the World but it was a long journey back to the UK to see family – a week’s travel by sea followed by a long flight linking home to the island via South Africa – definitely my longest commute to work.

“It is great to be back in Glasgow and working in a City environment again – I have been walking around the City Centre and Merchant City area wide-eyed and impressed by the many changes since I took up a position overseas.

“I have kept well-informed about planning practice in Scotland and consultation upon further planning reform but it seems to me that the planning system remains as complex as ever”.

A highly respected planning and development professional, Martin is a Chartered Town Planner and has significant practical experience working with Scottish Planning Authorities. He has also previously held senior level roles in residential land management and strategic land promotion with several UK housebuilding, property and construction groups and has also practiced independently.

Martin will join Maria Francké, Development and Planning Partner to provide professional advice to clients across Scotland.

Maria said: “With the current planning system under review by the Scottish Government, the need for good planning advice and support has never been greater, especially with Brexit and a second Scottish Independence Referendum on the horizon.  Martin is a fantastic addition to the team as we help our clients navigate a rapidly changing environment.” 

Stuart Dorward, Head of Scotland for Cushman & Wakefield said: “With 27 years of practical experience in the sector, Martin brings the perfect balance of commercial and public sector experience.”

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