Nikola Miller - Head of Planning Practice
Nikola joined the Homes for Scotland (HFS) team as Principal Planning Advisor in April 2016 with expertise in planning policy, advocacy and influencing as well as experience in planning consultancy. Nikola was promoted to Head of Planning Practice in August 2018.
She supports HFS member interests by leading our local and regional planning work in South East and North Scotland. This involves reviewing and influencing emerging Strategic Development Plans, Local Development Plans, Supplementary Guidance and other related housing policy matters.
Her previous roles include Policy & Practice Officer for the Royal Town Planning Institute, Development Officer for PAS (formerly Planning Aid for Scotland) and Planning Consultant for Smiths Gore, Miller Developments and GVA. In addition to her role at HFS, Nikola is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, Committee Member of the RTPI South East Scotland Chapter, Secretary of the Central Scotland branch of Women in Property, a Volunteer and Board Member of PAS, and a Trustee of the Built Environment Forum Scotland.
A graduate of the University of St Andrews and Heriot Watt University, Nikola became a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2008.
Nikola's housing journey:
After living in student halls of residence for three of my five years at university, I ventured into my first experience of the private rental market in Edinburgh in 2006. Two short-term, six month rentals later and I began to weigh up the options of continuing to rent or getting on the property ladder.
On the one hand, renting meant that I could afford to live in the beautiful Edinburgh New Town (a town planner’s dream), but it also meant continuing the perpetual packing, moving, and unpacking cycle - always feeling like I was living out of a suitcase without a fixed place I could call my own.
In the end, I bought a lovely spacious, new-build, two bedroom flat with excellent public transport links, a 20 minute walk to work and my own car parking space.
Eight years later and I'm now living with my fiancé in a beautiful Victorian tenement flat with wooden floorboards, high ceilings and the whole city centre on our doorstep. This property needs some work, and it's not quite the New Town, but it's perfect for us so I can't see us moving any time soon.