Former GLA planning chief to join Waltham Forest Council

Stewart Murray, who was assistant director of planning for the Greater London Authority (GLA) between 2012 and 2016, has been appointed as strategic director of economic growth at the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Stewart Murray: joining Waltham Forest from GL Hearn
Stewart Murray: joining Waltham Forest from GL Hearn

Murray joins the authority on 1 May from property consultancy GL Hearn, where is head of its development group.

The council said he will take charge of work on property, asset management, regeneration planning and development. This will include the redevelopment of the borough’s town hall, the delivery of a new town centre at Lea Bridge and Leyton and plans for 17,000 new homes in 10 years.

At the GLA, Murray led work on the current London Plan, before moving to GL Hearn in 2016. He also worked with Transport for London and Network Rail on rail projects in the capital, including the Northern Line extension to Battersea.

Before joining the GLA, Murray worked as chief planning and regeneration officer at the London Borough of Redbridge. He previously worked at the London Borough of Barnet as director of planning, housing and regeneration and the City of London Corporation.

Murray served as president of the Planning Officers Society in 2015/16.

In a statement, Waltham Forest Council said: "He has advised three different mayors of London on the city’s growth, housing and regeneration strategies and has successfully delivered some of the most complex and largest development and transport projects in the capital."

Murray said: "I am absolutely delighted to join Waltham Forest and deliver its exciting economic growth and regeneration agenda, building on my strategic and London skills and knowledge of the capital, as well as bringing distinct private sector commercial skills from GL Hearn, who already have a strong professional relationship with the council on supporting effective delivery."

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