Council planning restructure focuses on regeneration

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 3 Jun 2015

Council officeMajor development projects, including town-centre regeneration schemes, have prompted a council to strengthen its planning capabilities. 

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council major development manager Andrew Benson told Planning: “The restructure relates to leaders and manager roles as we build up to major planning applications.

“We adopted our core strategy last year and have an updated five-year housing land supply, so we are in pretty good shape.

“But there is major housing development on the north-west side of Horley for around 2,000 homes, while two town-centres are undergoing big regeneration including Redhill.

“A lot of applications involve town-centre housing, retail and mixed-use schemes, which we hope will life the town centres.”

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is looking to recruit a principal planning officer to join its development management team in its recently refurbished office (pictured) in Reigate.

Benson said: “We are expanding, so this is a new role, which will involve a caseload of major planning applications and supervision senior planning officers and technicians.”

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