HOUSEBUILDING giant Miller Homes has underlined its growth ambitions by appointing a sector veteran to lead the push to expand its land bank.

Edinburgh-based Miller Homes said Scott Chamberlin has become divisional managing director – strategic land after playing a significant part in regeneration specialist Gleeson’s success.

Mr Chamberlin will be expected to oversee the development of the Miller Homes land bank, along with the successful promotion of sites through the planning system. He will sit on the company’s board.

Miller Homes noted it completed 2,775 homes in 2017, and planned to grow annual sales to 4,000 homes in the medium term.

Led by chief executive Chris Endsor, Miller has invested heavily in Scotland in recent years.

Mr Endsor has highlighted the appeal of the Glasgow and Edinburgh commuter belt markets.

Miller Homes was bought by the Bridgepoint private equity business last August in a £655 million deal, from funds managed by US financiers Blackstone.

Blackstone took control of Miller in 2012 in the wake of the downturn in the housing market that was triggered by the credit crunch. Miller capitalised on the subsequent recovery in the housing market, which was fuelled by record low interest rates.

Mr Chamberlin joined Gleeson in 1994 after working in planning for Mid Devon District Council.