Housebuilder appoints new land and planning manager

Nicola McCowan Hill

MUIR Homes has announced the appointment of Nicola McCowan Hill as land and planning manager.

In her new role, she will be tasked with identifying, evaluating and acquiring land and sites across Scotland.

Muir Homes is currently working on several sites throughout Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and the west of Scotland, and on new land opportunities in the central belt of Scotland.

With over 16 years’ experience in the residential sector, Muir Homes said it hopes to benefit from Nicola’s knowledge of the planning landscape, gained from roles she previously held in both the public and private sectors.

As chair of Homes for Scotland’s East Central Home Builders Committee and a member the organisation’s planning forum, Nicola is able to champion the interests of Scotland’s housebuilding sector.

She said, “I am proud to be joining Muir Homes, a great family business and undoubtedly one of Scotland’s great success stories. With a formidable reputation, built over the last 50 years for craftsmanship, innovative design and quality, I had absolutely no hesitation in joining this fantastic company. I look forward to playing a part in facilitating the delivery of beautiful homes for new communities over the coming years.”

Paul McKay, MD of Muir Homes, added, “Nicola joins us at a time of tremendous growth and I am delighted to welcome her to the business. Nicola’s extensive experience of acquiring and valuing land, and successfully steering it through each stage of the complex planning process, will help our business accelerate the rate at which new houses come through our production pipeline, helping us achieve our ambitious growth targets in line with our five-year plan.

“At Muir Homes we are always looking to secure new land, particularly in more rural areas, as these locations offer superb opportunities for us to create properties that meet growing customer demand for greater access to private spaces such as gardens and balconies, a trend that shows no sign of slowing post lock-down. Nicola will be pro-active in this area, and she will be very open to approaches from individuals and organisations with land to sell or develop.”