Guildford boosts major projects team

Published on: 27 Jan 2017

Guildford High Street Flickr Tim Sheerman-Chase

Guildford Borough Council is on the search for new staff following a restructuring of its development management section.

The council is strengthening its strategic majors team with the addition of a new principal planning officer, bringing the team up to three.

The restructure has also led to internal appointments to the new principal roles and also to senior planning officer roles. 

The council is now looking for a number of planning officers to fill those positions and help deal with a range of planning applications.

Dan Ledger, development management team leader at the council, told Planning: “We have started to see an increase in the number of major projects coming forward in the past year in the area.

“Our new local plan is currently emerging and we have more developers coming forward with sites that might be included in the plan. We are trying to get ahead of the game by strengthening our team.”

The strategic majors team will also deal with preparing for and giving evidence at major public inquiries.’

In October, the council announced that it had pushed back the timetable for the adoption of its new local plan from the original date of December 2017 by at least a year.

The council is revisiting its Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), Employment Land Needs Assessment (ELNA) and Retail and Leisure Needs Study update.

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