Chesterfield takes on two new planners

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 21 Mar 2016

Waterside schemeAn “exponential” jump in workloads has prompted Chesterfield Borough Council to recruit two planning officers. 

Christopher Wright joined the council this Monday from Ashford Borough Council while Joe Freeguard is due to join in April from Dartford Borough Council.

Development management and conservation manager Paul Staniforth told Planning: “We have seen an upturn in work: the number of applications and amount application fees have have risen exponentially."

The two new recruits will add to Chesterfield's 14-strong development management team that currently totals five planners.

“Christopher and Joe will give us the robustness we need to deal with the big backlog of work we have at the moment.”

Staniforth said the town was undergoing bug regeneration such as the £320m Waterside scheme involving clearance of a former Trebor factory site to build houses, shops and offices (pictured).

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