New chief planner for Scotland announced

John McNairney has been appointed as the new chief planner for Scotland, it has been announced.

McNairney, who is currently assistant chief planner, will take over the role as the Scottish government’s most senior planner next month.

He succeeds incumbent Jim MacKinnon who is retiring after more than a decade in the post.

A Scottish government spokeswoman said: "Following an open recruitment competition, John McNairney has been appointed as chief planner and will succeed Jim MacKinnon when he retires.

"John will take up his post on July 2."

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