Matthew Nicholson recruited as planning director at Audley

Audley Group has appointed Matthew Nicholson as its planning director.

With over 20 years of experience in planning and development, he joins Audley from his previous role as head of planning at Intu Shopping Centres. Before that he was head of planning at J Sainsbury.

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At Audley, Nicholson will be leading the growth of the group, supporting the development of its retirement villages across the UK.

‘Good planning is essential to create fantastic places to live, and improvements and reform to our planning system are required to ensure that new homes of all types can be delivered without delay,’ he said.

‘Integrated retirement communities have an important part to play in housing delivery and this should be considered by local authorities when planning for their future housing need.’

Audley plans to open its first mid-market retirement village this year.

Nick Sanderson, Audley Group chief executive, said: ‘Matthew has extensive experience, particularly in urban regeneration, which will be incredibly valuable for the planning teams. We’ll be welcoming Matthew ahead of an ambitious 2022 for planning and growth.’