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City Corporation appoint permanent Planning and Development Director

The City of London Corporation has confirmed the appointment of Gwyn Richards as their Planning and Development Director.

Mr Richards has been working in the position in an interim basis over the last year and has over 25 years of experience working in Central London councils.

He has been involved in every tower and major development scheme in the Square Mile over the past
 ten years and his time at the City Corporation has given him specialist knowledge of the City’s unique built environment.

Prior to this, he worked in the planning departments of Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


Going forward, Mr Richards will continue to lead the authority’s Development Management team of 40, including planning, design, conservation, archaeology and transport officers.

The team is responsible for managing and promoting development, while also safeguarding the historic environment.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, Alastair Moss said:
“I am delighted that Gwyn has been appointed as
 Planning and Development Director on a permanent basis.

“Over the last year, he has done a fantastic job in leading the team during an immensely difficult time for the City.

“As we emerge from
 lockdown and drive the City’s recovery forward, I look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure the Square Mile offers a world-class environment for workers, visitors and residents.”

Mr Richards added: “The last year has been hugely challenging for all of us, but recent planning applications show that investors and developers remain confident in the future of the City.

“I have long been committed in ensuring that planning in the City is radical, forward-looking and proactive. We want to make sure that the Square Mile is a successful, inclusive place for all.

“I will continue to lead my team to deliver a sustainable, cleaner and greener City that meets the needs of all our diverse communities.”

The appointment follows the introduction of a new operating model for the City of London Corporation, with eight new senior officers confirmed, including the first woman as Chamberlain, the City of London Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer, since the post was created in 1237.

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