Cambridgeshire council targets growth areas

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 30 Nov 2015

Fenland market townA Cambridgeshire council says it is looking to meet housing demand with a “novel” and “innovative” approach to targeting growth areas. 

Fenland District Council in north Cambridgeshire has four market towns including Wisbech (pictured) and ambitious growth aspirations, according to the council's head of planning Nick Harding.

“We are in the middle of a geographic triangle defined by Cambridge, Peterborough and King's Lynn with interesting housing needs,” he told Planning.

“We adopted a development plan last year and we've taken a quite a novel, innovative approach: it's a skinny document and rather than allocating specific parcels of land with a line around them, we have given more general locations of growth.”

The council is looking to recruit a development manager, two development officers and a planning compliance officer.

“There's the opportunity for people to get involved in preparation of council plans for the development of those growth areas as well as deal with development management.

“For the enforcement job the postholder will work with other teams within the council to secure improvements to the street scene and untidy houses. 

“We also have heritage buildings in the district, so the person will work with conservation team, as well as the housing team on issues of multiple occupations.”

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