Who We Are

We use our wealth of experience to help landowners across the UK make strategic land development decisions

Mactaggart & Mickel’s Strategic Land development team are experts in the delivery and promotion of strategic land and planning and we are committed to maximising land value for landowners in.

Our team are specialists in strategic land development and planning across the UK. We work with local authorities and other stakeholders to progress and promote land through the planning system and deliver the best outcome.

Our Head of Strategic Land Ken Hopkins, South West Regional Manager Nevin Holden, Strategic Land Manager South West Michael Gooch, South East Senior Strategic Land Manager Conor Roberts, Strategic Land Manager South East Nick Rennie and Senior Land Manager Scotland Bruce Hampton are the land and planning specialists helping landowners identify the right solutions for their land.


What We Do
  • £150m land sold in last 36 months
  • 75% planning success rate
  • 39 projects in the UK
  • over 4,000 plots identified in emerging allocations
  • over 3,600 acres of projects in development
  • At Mactaggart & Mickel, our long experience has forged an enviable reputation as a company you can trust.

    As a fourth-generation, family-owned company, Mactaggart & Mickel place a strong emphasis on the importance of traditional family values and developing strong relationships.

    Over the years, we have brought forward and moved forward thousands of acres of land through the planning process so landowners can realise the full potential of their property.


  • With every opportunity, our vastly experienced team work hard to ensure land possibilities successfully realised.

    We identify opportunities to unlock land’s potential and then use our expertise and experience to engage local communities and navigate a route through the ever-changing planning processes to the marketplace.

    Our track record on delivering positive outcomes for our clients is one we are proud of and as our reputation as a company that can be trusted grows, so does our extensive portfolio of land as landowners place their faith in Mactaggart & Mickel.

Meet the Team

  • Ken Hopkins Head of Strategic Land
  • Nevin Holden South West Regional Manager
  • Conor Roberts South East Senior Strategic Land Manager
  • Nick Rennie Strategic Land Manager South East
  • Michael Gooch Strategic Land Manager South West
  • Bruce Hampton Senior Land Manager Scotland
  • Ken Hopkins

    Head of Strategic Land

    Ken joined Mactaggart & Mickel in 2008 after leaving the Board of Hallam Land Management

    He currently heads up the Strategic Land Business Unit within the Mactaggart & Mickel Group of Companies.

    Graduating with an honours degree in economics, Ken has some 40 years’ experience in the housebuilding industry in land and planning.

    Reporting directly to Group Chief Executive, Ken has established Mactaggart & Mickel as a significant name in the land promotion sector both north and south of the border.

    And another thing…in his spare time, Ken occasionally ruins a perfectly good walk with a game of golf.

  • Nevin Holden

    South West Regional Manager

    Cheltenham-based Nevin is an invaluable land and property professional celebrating 36 years in the house building and land development industry.

    Chartered Town Planner and Planning & Development Surveyor with proven track record of land acquisition, planning promotion and project delivery across the South of England.

    Track record of overcoming the most difficult and complex of situations.

    Takes a total approach to land promotion, provides a clear path to achieve desired outcomes while maintaining a commercial perspective and an accommodating, friendly approach.

    And another thing…judging by his own words, Nevin is a budding poet: ‘Often comments and quips, that has been involved with, or employed to undertake, every part of the development land promotion or housing building process, aside from laying the bricks.”

  • Conor Roberts

    South East Senior Strategic Land Manager

    London-based Conor boasts 15 years' property industry experience.

    Expertise ranges from Sales to purchasing sites for individual niche developments, parcelling together large-scale developments and progressing Local Plan allocations.

    Relentless drive to getting a result no matter what hurdles are thrown in front of him.

    Adaptive/flexible with a personal, common-sense approach, helping break down a complex planning system, simplifying the process to cut through the red tape whilst being friendly and extremely commercially minded.

    And another thing…Conor won the ‘best boxer of the tournament award’ at University in Liverpool against the Irish Universities Select Team.  Now in training for a 2021 Ironman event.

  • Nick Rennie

    Strategic Land Manager South East

    Nick joined Mactaggart & Mickel in May 2021 following two and a half years at Bellway Homes North London and previous experience at Berkeley Homes.

    Completed a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors-accredited Masters in Real Estate and Development at The University of Sheffield which provided invaluable planning and development knowledge.

    Personable and commercially-minded, Nick has acquired both smaller and larger development sites.

    Reporting directly to Conor Roberts, Nick aims to create lasting relationships with landowners to bring forward land opportunities through the planning system through a collaborative and detailed approach.

    And another thing…. Nick’s an avid sportsman who loves playing golf and tennis as well as supporting West Ham United Football Club and the England and British Lions rugby teams.

  • Michael Gooch

    Strategic Land Manager South West

    Michael joined Mactaggart & Mickel in June 2021 leaving a position as a Principal Planner at Boyer with 8 years’ experience in planning consultancy.

    A Chartered Town Planner, Michael received a Master’s Degree in Planning, Practice and Research from Cardiff University in 2013 following a Bachelor’s Degree in modern foreign languages.

    Michael has successfully identified many sites now being promoted in Local Plans across the South-West, including medium and large-scale development sites and urban extensions, having made initial contact with landowners directly.

    Reporting directly to Nevin Holden, Michael aims to capitalise upon his experience in the planning sector and in bringing sites forward for development with the aim of significantly broadening Mactaggart & Mickel’s presence in the South-West.

    And another thing…. Michael is a keen amateur astronomer and spends most of his free time keeping fit, writing, learning about new discoveries in science and learning foreign languages.

  • Bruce Hampton

    Senior Land Manager Scotland

    Having obtained an Honours Degree in Environmental Planning at the University Strathclyde in 2000, Bruce is a qualified town planner.  

    He has over 20 years’ experience working within the development industry in both planning consultancy and working directly for homebuilders.

    Bruce is passionate about good place making and delivering high quality development that responds to local needs and circumstances.

    When not at work Bruce enjoys spending time with his young family, live rock music and travelling to interesting places.

Our Heritage

Mactaggart & Mickel are an award-winning group of companies operating in the UK construction industry. Established as a luxury housebuilding company in Scotland in 1925, Mactaggart & Mickel have diversified over the years and the Group now includes seven divisions: Homes, Timber Systems, Investments, Strategic Land Development, Commercial Property, Lettings and Contracts.


  • 2021

    Mactaggart & Mickel Strategic Land has over 3000 acres of land under contract

  • July

    Michael Gooch has joined the company as Strategic Land Manager South West

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  • May

    Nick Rennie has joined the company as Strategic Land Manager South East

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  • 2020

    Mactaggart & Mickel open offices in London, where the South East Region is based

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  • 2019

    Conor Roberts joins Mactaggart & Mickel’s English Strategic Land team, setting up the South East Region

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  • 2017

    Mactaggart & Mickel Strategic Land opens its first office in England, located in Cheltenham, where the South West Region is based

  • 2016

    Nevin Holden joins Mactaggart & Mickel Strategic Land to manage and expand the South West Region

  • 2015

    First land sale to top-ranked UK PLC Housebuilder

  • 2014

    First Planning Permission is obtained at Newcastle Road, Shavington

  • 2010

    First Planning Promotion Agreement (PPA) is signed at Newcastle Road, Shavington

  • 2009

    Mactaggart & Mickel Strategic Land is established with the appointment of Ken Hopkins

  • 05/10/2021

    Communities paying the price for waterways woes

    With its tranquil countryside, picturesque villages, booming towns and cities and glorious coastline, it’s no wonder that demand for new homes in the South West of England is growing.

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  • 13/09/2021

    Mactaggart & Mickel agree terms on land for housing in Hampshire

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