Kent beefs up infrastructure planning team

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 3 Mar 2017

Rochester RiversideKent County Council is expanding its strategic planning and infrastructure team to help it draw up a growth infrastructure framework.

Strategic planning and infrastructure manager Sarah Platts told Planning: “We are doubling the size of our infrastructure team to help us complete the framework". 

The team, which will double from two to four planners, will pull together housing growth and population forecasts across Kent and Medway up to 2031 and identify gaps in infrastructure. 

The council is looking to take on a strategic planning and infrastructure project officer and a strategic planning and infrastructure analyst.

Platts said the team would look to fill the infrastructure gaps and work with the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to solve barriers to growth and identify potential funding streams.

Kent is home to large-scale regeneration programmes such as Rochester Riverside (pictured) in the Medway, comprising 21 hectares of brownfield development.

“Post-holders will promote Kent's position around growth and infrastructure to government and others, such as NIC, influencing policy making,” said Platts.

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