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Mactaggart & Mickel strengthens South West Strategic Land team with Cheltenham appointment

9 July 2021
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Housebuilders Mactaggart & Mickel have bolstered their Strategic Land Division with a new appointment to support the company’s growth in the South West of England.

Michael Gooch has joined Mactaggart & Mickel as Strategic Land Manager South West and will be based in the company’s Cheltenham office

The 32-year-old Chartered Town Planner, who has a Master’s degree in Planning Practice and Research from Cardiff University, joins Mactaggart & Mickel from planning consultancy Boyer where he was a Principal Planner in the Welsh capital.

Now Michael will have responsibility for identifying new strategic land opportunities from the West Midlands to Somerset and neighbouring Dorset and Wiltshire and guiding sites with development potential through the planning process for the housebuilding market.

Michael said:“I’m delighted to have joined a company of Mactaggart & Mickel’s stature at a time when their Strategic Land Division is really thriving here in the South West of England.

“I’m relishing the challenge of helping the company prosper by identifying development opportunities and building lasting relationships with landowners across the region, to bring forward developments through the planning system.”

Michael has bolstered a team led by Ken Hopkins, Head of Strategic Land, and he will report to Nevin Holden, Regional Manager South West-Strategic Land, who is spearheading the company’s activity in the South West.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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