Council promotes planners to tackle growth plans

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 24 Jun 2015

River Medway in Tonbridge, KentAn expanding county council planning service has promoted two staff members to help it firm up its growth strategy.

Kent County Council head of strategic planning and policy Ann Carruthers told Planning: "We are very busy right now working with local planning authorities on the development of local plans.

"But we are also drawing up a growth and infrastructure framework for the county to support growth up to 2031.

"We will be looking at funding gaps and talking to the government and other parties on how we can realistically deliver infrastructure, be it health, utilities or highways."

Tom Marchant was promoted from principal planning officer to planning policy manager and April Newing has gone from planning policy officer to senior planning policy officer.

Marchant's role is to lead on strategic planning across local plan consultations, major planning applications, community infrastructure levy development and duty to co-operate.  

Carruthers said: “The roles will involve helping to build up a county-wide picture of growth and infrastructure needs.

“They will include examining the potential implications across Kent of the London Plan and the impact of a possible overspill from London.”

She added: "We are taking an active role in shaping housing and economic growth across Kent and trying to punch above our weight in influencing government planning policy." 

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Pic: River Medway in Tonbridge, Kent