Mario recently joined Custom Build Homes in March 2020 from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) where he led the introduction of a range of housing programmes and planning reforms spanning almost 20 years. He was instrumental in working closely with Ministers and Industry to introduce a programme of support measures for self-build and custom housebuilding and was closely involved in the preparation of many aspects of planning policy and guidance. He played a central role in the preparation of the Self-Build & Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and associated regulations and led the introduction of the exemption for “self-builders” under the Community Infrastructure Regulations.
He is a highly experienced Senior Planner with international planning and development experience and is a custom builder himself.
Most recently he undertook the role of Director of the Government supported “Right to Build Taskforce” while on secondment from MHCLG, where he worked to support local planning authorities across England to implement their legal obligations under the 2015 Act to provide new permissions for the sale of serviced plots for custom build housing and support private and public landowners to identify and enable development opportunities at scale.