Countryside charity ups focus on local plans with two planning appointments

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 14 Dec 2015

Kent downs

Countryside charity the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Kent has expanded by recruiting two planners to deal with growing demand for housing development.

Jillian Barr has joined as a full-time planner from Maidstone Borough Council and Paul Buckley joined as part-time senior planner, having taken early retirement from Dartmouth Borough Council.

Director Hilary Newport told Planning: “We are looking at iteration after iteration of local plans with housing targets that are incredibly high.

"We are not seeing very successful attempts by authorities to mitigate some of those targets, given the environmental constraints in Kent, specifically water supply.”

Newport said CPRE Kent wanted to be able to assess and challenge if necessary the level of proposed development and its locations.

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