Michael Bingham OBE

Interim Chief Planner

Michael joined the Department in 2010, and has led the work on several areas of planning reform, including the planning aspects of the 2017 housing White Paper and the 2018 review of the National Planning Policy Framework. A professional planner, prior to joining MHCLG he was Head of Development & Infrastructure at the Government Office for the East of England, where he worked across planning, housing and transport issues in the region. Earlier in his career he spent several years with Huntingdonshire District Council, Berkshire County Council and Babtie Group, and also completed a PhD on the operation of the plan-led system at the University of Cambridge. Michael was awarded an OBE for services to planning in the 2020 New Year’s Honours, and became interim Chief Planner at the start of April, following the retirement of Steve Quartermain.