City planners set 'development-friendly' agenda

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 26 Oct 2015

Roger ClotworthyA city council is seeking to streamline its development process to help meet housing demand.

Exeter City Council assistant city development manager for planning Roger Clotworthy told Planning: “Housing is driving the agenda – a lot of people want to live here.

“We are trying to do things differently and are very development friendly. We are trying to promote very quick site meetings with building control officers present all the time.

“This way we hope to make the planning process as smooth as possible. We are very keen on saying 'yes' and will work with applicants to get to that yes point.”

The council is seeking to recruit two planning officers to “enhance Exeter's status as the regional capital” and deliver the city's growth agenda, said Clotworthy.

According to the council, the postholder will work with nine officers to deliver a range of developments from initial enquiry to completion for householder proposals, infill residential schemes and changes of use. 

They will also undertake planning investigation work, appeals, certificate of lawfulness applications and permitted development enquiries.

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