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London chief planner receives New Year’s honour

Words: Laura Edgar
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Planning, transport and housing professionals have been recognised for their achievements in the latest Queen’s New Year's Honours list.

Willimina Ann Beauchamp Hampson MRTPI, chief planning officer and development director at the City of London Corporation, has been awarded an OBE for services to planning in London.

Hampson said it was an “honour” to receive her OBE, saying “it would not be possible without my excellent colleagues within the City Corporation and those I have worked with across London, as well as my family”.

“I am grateful that this job has provided me with the opportunity to work on so many iconic projects and to be able to promote planning as a great career, for women in particular.

“For almost 30 years, I have been involved in some way with virtually every planning project in the City of London, resulting in the redevelopment of over a third of the city.

“I now look forward to the city’s continuing innovative development to ensure its future and to retain its special character.”

David George Harmer Buttery, lately deputy director of High Speed Rail legislation and environment at the Department for Transport, and Marc Ferdinand Vlessing, CEO at Pocket Living, also received OBEs for services to transport and housing delivery, respectively.

Jonathan William Spencer, head of planning and environment, Forest Enterprise England, has been awarded an MBE for services to woodlands, nature conservation and the environment.

Michael John Barratt, development impact assessment lead at Transport for London (TfL), Nora Dillon, and Professor Gerard Patrick Parr each received an MBE for services to transport; affordable housing, credit management and the community in Rutherglen and Cambuslang; and developing telecoms infrastructure in Northern Ireland respectively.

Barratt said: “It’s a pleasant surprise to be recognised in the New Year’s Honours and I cannot think of a better way to start off 2018. London is such an exciting city to work in and visit and I am passionate that everybody should be able to enjoy travelling around the capital safely, whether they get about by cycling, walking or using public transport.”

Andrew Ogilvie Robertson OBE, chairman at LAR Housing Trust, was awarded a CBE for services to veterans, healthcare and affordable housing in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, while Josephine Catherine Boaden, chief executive at the Northern Housing Consortium, received a CBE for services to housing providers in the North of England.

Stephen William Howlett, group chief executive at Peabody, was awarded a CBE for services to housing.

Dr David Prout, lately director general of HS2, was awarded an Order of the Bath for services to Transport.

The full list of honours can be found on the UK Government website (pdf).

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