An influx of applications has prompted a Midlands council to look to expand its development management team.
South Northamptonshire Council development management team leader for the minor developments team, Paul Seckington, said: "We have a large amount of growth and are snowed under with work.
"There is a massive influx of applications in the last few months, which has hit us hard. We need the more staff to deal with the work.
"Key projects include sustainable urban extensions to Towcester, Brackley and Northampton. We also want to put more emphasis on industry supporting racing at Silverstone (pictured) like hotels."
The council is looking to recruit two new senior planning officers to add to a development management team currently numbering 17 planners.
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