The City of London Corporation has appointed Gwyn Richards, currently assistant director of design, as its interim chief planning officer.

Richards will take over from Annie Hampson, who is retiring next month. He has been involved in every major planning decision in the square mile for the past 10 years, and in his new role will lead a team of 40 planning, design, conservation, archaeology and transport officers.

Richards promised to ensure planning policy was “radical, forward-looking and proactive”.

“We all face challenging times and planning in the City needs to adapt to find radical solutions for the greater good. We have a strong and dynamic team who are up to the task.”

Alastair Moss, chair of the planning and transportation committee, added: “Gwyn’s expertise will help us transition smoothly following Annie’s retirement next month. He will now lead a strong and experienced team that will help to shape the future of the Square Mile.”