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A second city first: An interview with Waheed Nazir

Waheed Nazir

Planning officers are working hand 
in glove with private industry to revitalise Birmingham. It’s not the traditional way, but in Waheed Nazir the council has a planning director who believes that partnerships are paramount, says David Callaghan

Waheed Nazir is a man on a mission. A Brummie by birth, he heads the largest planning authority in Europe – as director of planning and regeneration with Birmingham City Council – and oversees some of the most significant developments the city has seen. He says it’s his dream job. And he’s still only 40.  “I was originally drawn to surveying by a friend,” he recalls. “Weeks into........
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