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20/01/2016

Waheed Nazir appointed acting strategic director for economy at Birmingham City Council

Words: Laura Edgar
Waheed Nazir

Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council’s director of planning and regeneration, has been appointed as acting strategic director for economy with immediate effect, for the next 12 months.

As well as leading on the delivery of planning and regeneration, transportation, skills and employment, the new role will see Nazir become a member of the corporate leadership team, supporting and driving the Future Council improvement programme.

Nazir has worked at Birmingham City Council for over 15 years in several economic development roles. As director of planning and regeneration, he has been responsible for various projects including overseeing the Big City Plan, the Birmingham Development Plan (the statutory framework that will guide development and regeneration decisions in the city up to 2031), and the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan.

Nazir said: “With responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing, skills and transportation, I am excited by the prospect of bringing these key interconnected priorities together, as it is only by building sufficient homes, creating a skilled workforce and delivering an effective transport system, supported by a clear vision for the future, that we will maximise opportunities for the city and the wider region to drive forward economic growth.”

Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy said: “Waheed has a huge amount of experience and has been central in driving through the regeneration of Birmingham. I have already said that this not just about the city centre, but about regenerating all 40 wards, improving people’s skills and access to employment, transport and good-quality housing. Building more houses more quickly is my priority and I will be working closely with Waheed and his team as we continue to ensure Birmingham is leading the way in this area while at the same time encouraging businesses to invest here and make the city an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

An interview with Waheed Nazir can be read here.

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