Banbury Town Council takes on sole planner

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 20 Jan 2017

Banbury town centreBanbury Town council is looking to take on a town planner to help it deal with the challenge of providing more housing.

Deputy town clerk Mark Hassall told Planning: “This will be a new role and the only planning position we have at the town council. 

“We want to professionalise the role of planning in the town and the postholder will work with the town clerk.

“Banbury is facing growing challenges around housing expansion and how to provide infrastructure to support that growth.

“We need to identify smaller sites to help meet our targets. This is set against a background of nearby Oxford being full to capacity and surrounded by green belt land. 

“The planning agenda is about how surrounding towns can help take some of the housing burden across the region". 

The council is looking to recruit a planning and administration officer to take the lead role in providing planning advice to the council and its committees.

“The role will be to manage the work of the monthly planning committee and lead on all planning policy and development control matters for the council", said Hassall.

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Image: Banbury town centre. Picture: Tudor Photography