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Audley Group appoints planning director

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Retirement Village provider Audley Group has appointed Matthew Nicholson (pictured) as planning director.


With over 20 years of experience in planning and development, Nicholson has joined Audley from his previous role as head of planning at Intu Shopping Centres, and prior to that, head of planning at J Sainsbury.

As planning director, Nicholson will lead the growth of Audley Group, supporting the development of its retirement villages.

Nick Sanderson of Audley Group said: “It’s a pivotal time for Matthew to be joining Audley Group, as we look forward to the opening of our first mid-market retirement village, Mayfield, in 2022, and as the value of integrated retirement communities is becoming more and more recognised.

“Matthew has extensive experience, particularly in urban regeneration, which will be incredibly valuable for the planning teams.

“We’ll be welcoming Matthew ahead of an ambitious 2022 for planning and growth.”

Nicholson added: “I am delighted to join Audley Group to support their growth at the forefront of the retirement village market.

“Good planning is essential to create fantastic places to live, and improvements and reform to our planning system are required to ensure that new homes of all types can be delivered without delay.

“Integrated retirement communities have an important part to play in housing delivery and this should be considered by local authorities when planning for their future housing needs.”

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