Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning


The minister is responsible for:

  • planning and development
  • deregulation

Current role holder: Nick Boles MP

Nick Boles was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning in September 2012. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in May 2010.


Nick went to school at Winchester College before going on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He went on to do a Masters in public policy at Harvard University in the US after winning a Kennedy Scholarship.

Political career

Nick was elected to Westminster Council in 1998 and became Chairman of Housing. He was chairman of the Housing Committee from 1999 to 2001, before stepping down in 2002. In 2007, Nick was appointed as Head of David Cameron’s Implementation Team, which drew up the Conservative Party’s detailed plans for government.

In November 2010, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for Schools. Nick is also a political fellow at the Institute for Government and is the founder, and a former director, of Policy Exchange, a centre right policy research institute.

Career outside politics

Nick spent the first 10 years of his career in business. He worked as a merchant banker for a few years in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe, helping state owned industries prepare for private ownership. He and a friend later formed a small group of companies supplying the DIY industry.

Personal life

Nick lives with his partner Shay Meshulam.


by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning

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    • Statement to Parliament
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    • 6 February 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Simplified planning to speed up delivery of new homes and support local jobs

    • 4 December 2013
    • Press release
  4. Hundreds of communities taking up chance to have a say over their neighbourhood

    • 28 November 2013
    • Press release
  5. Councils must provide an efficient planning service

    • 8 November 2013
    • Government response
  6. Simplified regulations will make planning easier

    • 29 October 2013
    • Press release
  7. New measures will provide a boost to eager self-builders

    • 25 October 2013
    • Press release
  8. Simpler planning system supporting construction

    • 27 September 2013
    • Press release
  9. Cash boost for councils backing neighbourhood planning

    • 26 September 2013
    • Press release
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    • 24 September 2013
    • Press release

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