Chichester plans development management push

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 16 Mar 2016

Market CrossChichester District Council is expanding its development management capabilities to help it deal with a high volume of planning applications for housing.

Development management service manager Tony Whitty told Planning: “We have a lot of protected landscapes and cover areas of the South Downs National Park.

“There are challenges with housing development; we expected to see applications for speculative development drop, but levels are maintaining themselves and we need staff to deal with this.” 

The council looking to recruit two planning officers to its development management team of about 18 planners.

"The new postholers will deal with issues including areas of outstanding natural beauty and the national park, but also heritage assets, tourism, coastal and rural development.”

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