Hounslow reconfigures planning department

Written by: Jim Dunton
Published On: 26 Feb 2014
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Hounslow Civic CentreThe London Borough of Hounslow is reconfiguring its planning department as it recruits for a selection of new posts.

Among the roles it is hiring for are a senior infrastructure officer, a principal urban design officer, a principal conservation officer and a planning enforcement officer.

Ian Rae, Hounslow’s head of regeneration and spatial planning, said that the senior infrastructure planner role was one of the new posts.

“We did previously have a section 106 monitoring officer, and the senior infrastructure planner is intended to be a bit more strategic,” he said.

“As well as helping to deliver on s106 agreements, they’ll do the infrastructure planning and put together the infrastructure delivery plan.
They will also work on future new school sites.”

Rae said the role would also involve helping to identify sites for new schools in the borough.

More widely, he said the authority was seeking ways to make its planning operations self-funding.

“We are focusing on income generation and looking to run the service as a profitable consultancy,” he said.

“We’ll be looking more at putting funding bids together and generate additional investment.”