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Historic England appoints Morrison as new planning chief

Words: Huw Morris

Historic England has appointed Ian Morrison as its new director of planning.

Currently the chief executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, he takes over from Chris Smith, who steps down in July.

Morrison will lead the heritage body’s planning staff across nine regional offices as it grapples with increasing development pressures.

“Changes to this country's planning system and the pressing need for new development bring some challenges, of course, but they also provide opportunities to showcase the positive contribution heritage can make to peoples' lives,” said Morrison.

“I am determined to ensure Historic England's planning advice and grants services, as well as the organisations we support, are held in the highest esteem and are considered essential for achieving quality sustainable development."

As chief executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, Morrison spearheaded its move into social enterprise and investment. He previously worked at Historic England – then known as English Heritage – as an archaeology adviser for London and an inspector of ancient monuments and team leader for the South-West.