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City of London planning tsar recognised in New Year's Honours

City of London Corporation chief planning officer Annie Hampson OBE
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The City of London Corporation chief planning officer and development director Annie Hampson has been awarded an OBE for services to planning in London in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Hampson joined the corporation, which looks after the Square Mile as well as Tower Bridge and the Barbican Arts Centre, in 1989. She currently leads a team of 40 people responsible for managing and promoting development and safeguarding the historic environment.

She said: ‘It is a great honour to receive this recognition for my contribution to planning in London. It would not be possible without my excellent colleagues within the City Corporation and those I have worked with across London, as well as my family.

‘I am grateful that this job has provided me with the opportunity to work on so many iconic projects and to be able to promote planning as a great career, for women in particular.’

Elsewhere, Historic England deputy director Deborah Lamb and Churches Conservation Trust member Edward Mortimer Harley both picked up OBEs for services to heritage.

There were numerous honours too for those involved with Hull’s City of Culture celebrations including OBEs for council leader Stephen Brady, Rosie Millard and Fran Hegy, the chair and executive director of Hull City of Culture 2017 respectively, and Jonathan Pywell, the city culture and place manager at Hull City Council.

Chair of the London School of Economics cities programme professor Richard Sennett was awarded an OBE for services to design.

Historic Coventry Trust chairman Ian Harrabin was recognised with an MBE for services to heritage and regeneration in the West Midlands city.

Alison Watson, chief executive of built environment education programme Class of Your Own, received an MBE for her work in the field of education.

Read the full list of honours here.

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