Who We Are

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

Mactaggart & Mickel’s Strategic Land 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, and South East Senior Strategic Land Manager Conor Roberts, are the land and planning specialists helping landowners identify the right solutions for their land.


What We Do
  • £100m land sold in last 36 months
  • 75% planning success rate
  • 32 projects in England
  • 1650 plots identified in emerging allocations
  • 2988 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
  • 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.

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, Commercial Property, Lettings and Contracts.


  • 2021

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

  • 2020

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

  • 2019

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

  • 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

  • 02-03-2021

    Mactaggart & Mickel Group are celebrating a hat-trick in the Thames Valley

    The company’s London office have struck three deals in the South East of England which have paved the way for over 600 new homes in the heart of the Thames Valley.

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  • 19-03-2020

    Mactaggart & Mickel Group strengthens Strategic Land Division with opening of new London office

    The Mactaggart & Mickel Group are building on their success in the strategic land market by opening a new office in London.
    The Glasgow-headquartered family-owned company’s new office in Merchant Square, Paddington, will consolidate the growth of their Strategic Land division in England.

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