City planning team restructures to target growth

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 13 May 2015

Exeter housing growth plans

A city council has restructured its planning team to focus more heavily on urban development and deliver housing growth.

Exeter City Council recently overhauled its city development team to deliver economic prosperity but retain the historic and cultural character of the city, according to assistant director Richard Short.

He said: “We reorganised to focus more on growth and are seeing dividends: the last year saw 15 housing developments totalling around 750 homes. Our core strategy target is 600.”

Exeter City Council is looking to recruit a planner to the role of principal project manager for housing delivery, working on strategic planning, development management and building control.

The postholder will manage the council's strategic housing land availability assessment process and contribute to policy development and neighbourhood and infrastructure planning.

Assistant city development manager Roger Clotworthy told Planning: “We are a very pro-development council and are focusing on delivering development.

“Everything is geared around meeting customers at the first opportunity, understanding what they need and trying to provide it in a much more proactive way.”

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