A HOUSEBUILDER has confirmed two new recruits to its Basingstoke base.

Miller Homes Southern, based in Faraday Office Park, has recruited two new senior planning experts - Mark Jackson has joined as strategic planning director - Midlands & South, while Ben Hatt is now on board as strategic planning manager – South.

The pair will work under the leadership of Scott Chamberlin, divisional managing director – strategic land, whose appointment was announced in the summer.

Mark comes to Miller Homes after a seven-year spell at Gleeson Strategic Land, where he was planning director while Ben spent a decade working for a local authority, before moving to Churchill Retirement Living’s planning department.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “I am pleased to join Miller Homes at a time when it is moving closer towards hitting its medium term target of delivering 4,000 new homes a year.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work across an extensive portfolio of existing sites, while adding to it with new sites in desirable locations that will satisfy the needs of prospective homeowners, including proximity to quality schooling, good transport links and high employment.”

Ben added: “This is a very exciting time to join Miller Homes and I’m looking forward to working alongside Scott and Mark to help steer the business to further growth in the south by bringing in more strategic sites.”

Scott added: “We have ambitious growth plans for the business and strategic land delivery is a fundamental aspect of this. The appointments of Ben and Mark strengthens our wider Strategic Land team and they will play an important role in helping us achieve our goals.”

Last year, Miller Homes completed almost 2,800 new homes in regional markets outside London.