Forest of Dean mulls planning restructure

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 4 Nov 2016

Forest of DeanForest of Dean District Council is reviewing its planning structure with a view to expanding the service to meet growing demand for housing development.

Development manager Clive Reynolds told Planning: “We are looking at levels of staffing and may put in a bid to the council to expand.

“We have an adopted core strategy and will supplement this with an allocation plan and we’re currently looking at our five-year land supply.”

“There is a high demand for housing in our district and applications are being submitted on a daily basis for anything from one dwelling to a development of 200 homes or more.”

The council is currently looking to recruit a senior planning officer to join its development management team that currently numbers 11 full and part-time planners.

“We want someone who has experience in handling a varied case load and dealing with major and contentious planning applications", Reynolds said. 

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