Council planning restructure targets collaborative working

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 30 Sep 2016

Ipswich WaterfrontAn east Anglian council is restructuring its planning team to help it strengthen cross-council collaborative work.

Ipswich Borough Council operations manager for planning and development Martyn Fulcher told Planning: “We are having to adapt our roles in planning because we are undertaking much more cross-county work. There is also a lot of blurring between policy and application work.

“We are currently working towards a framework between all the councils in Suffolk. There will be a lot of joint working, studies and input from all the planning teams."

The council is looking to recruit a senior planning officer to work with Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal District Councils that make up the economic and housing market area. 

“Ipswich is a growing economic centre with in excess of 8,000 homes planned over the next 20 years, including a proposed garden suburb urban extension and a thriving waterfront,” said Fulcher.

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Image: Ipswich waterfront. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council