Wimpey's planned merger of its two housebuilding arms has led to the departure of Ian Roxburgh, managing director of strategic land management.
Roxburgh left the company just before Christmas in the wake of the restructuring ordered by new chief executive Peter Johnson. The move is expected to lead to 250 job losses and annual savings of £15m.

As well his work at Wimpey, Roxburgh has been a strong advocate of planning reform, being a member of the urban taskforce's land condition record working party.

A Wimpey spokesperson stressed that the departure was amicable. She said: "He wanted to move on. We are sorry to see him go." She said that a new strategy for the merged Wimpey Homes and McLean Homes divisions would be ready by the end of February.