Council steps up focus on cross-boundary cooperation

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 22 Jul 2015

Lichfield A local authority in the Midlands is redoubling emphasis on cross-boundary working to help ease pressure on housing and employment around Birmingham.

Lichfield Borough Council development executive Craig Jordan told Planning: “We are looking at the raised profile on duty to cooperate across boundaries and strategic planning.

“There's a big focus on housing but also employment and we are looking to become more sustainable.

“The authority is keen for Lichfield to be seen as not just a commuter town for Birmingham. We therefore need to get the jobs and housing balance right.”

The council is looking to recruit a new planning manager to lead on preparation and implementation of spatial policy and district local plan.

“The new postholder will inform the council of the preparation of national, regional and sub-regional spatial policies as they apply to the district and contribute towards their formulation,” said Jordan.

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