Romsey: Highwood adds planning director to its board

Highwood, the award-winning Hampshire property developer, has appointed Martin Hawthorne as planning director.

Hawthorne has more than 30 years’ experience as planner and lead consultant on a number of major residential developments, large-scale urban expansions, strategic planning, community consultations and masterplanning, including Highwood’s landmark North Stoneham Park project and its forthcoming Eastleigh Strategic Growth Option (SGO).

Formerly head of planning – south for WYG and a current member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Hawthorne’s addition to the Highwood Board cements an already flourishing relationship that he is looking forward to building on.

“I’m delighted to be joining Highwood,” he revealed. “I’ve worked with the team on a number of projects over many years so I’m joining a firm that I know and respect the quality of its product. Taking a position on the Board will also give me the opportunity to have an input into future projects and helping the organisation grow. My role will see me leading Highwood’s planning team and overseeing the planning work on its new and emerging sites.”