County council planning team expands after restructure

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 1 Jul 2015

Hampshire County Council has expanded its planning department to help it knit together housing with open space, education and transport provision. 

Two qualified planners have joined the council as planners and urban designers.

They are Anna Melville who joined from Boyer and Owen Devine who was a planner at Portsmouth City Council.

Planning and urban design team leader Matthew James told Planning: “The new staff will deal with a range of property aspects such as strategic land planning, masterplanning and feasibility studies.

“Housing is the main driver but that brings with it associated issues that throw planning focus on things like education, transport and open spaces.” 

The council recently amalgamated its team of planners, architects and surveyors into an estates and development services (EDS) unit.

“It provides advice to support the management and development of the county council's £3 billion property portfolio,” said James. 

“Our work is growing as a result of public sector transformation programmes and the promotion of our strategic land sites. Every penny from the disposal of surplus sites is re-invested into public services and infrastructure.”

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