Bexley growth plans prompt recruitment drive

Published on: 24 Feb 2017

Thamesmead estate, BexleyLondon Borough of Bexley is growing its planning team as it moves towards the production of its new local plan.

The plan is based on a growth strategy which is intended to provide up to 30,000 new homes and up to 17,000 new jobs.

The borough is seeking two planners to focus on housing and one to focus on infrastructure.

Tiff Lynch, infrastructure strategy manager at the authority, told Planning: “Boroughs around us have been growing for some time as part of the Thames Gateway development drive.

“We have been a quiet backwater but have realised growth isn’t going to go away so we want to have proper managed growth.”

The growth strategy will go out to public consultation in May and the local plan will convert the key implications into planning policy.

The council has just completed a study on its infrastructure needs to support the new growth and the new infrastructure officer role will involve refining the approach and converting it into projects.

The council is also recruiting for a number of roles to fill vacant posts, Lynch said.

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