Hartlepool seeks planning manager for 'radical' masterplan

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 9 Jun 2014

Hartlepool waterfront

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to recruit a planning services manager to help create what the council says will be a “radical” masterplan for the town.

Assistant director of regeneration Damien Wilson told Planning: “We're about to work with GVA on a masterplan for the area, to build on a 20- to 30-year vision, which we launched this January.

“The marina was a wasteland 30 years ago and now its thriving with shops, businesses, restaurants, bars and residential areas. We want to build on this; we can't sit back, we need to grow further. 

“The masterplan will look at what's viable and how it can be made to happen. We have eight key areas for regeneration.”

Wilson added: “The new postholder must have a go-getting, forward-thinking approach to deliver, not just from a planning perspective. They will need to make the association between the vision and the masterplan.

“This requires vision and creativity – qualities you don't always get from planning officers who can be driven by a regulatory approach. This is driven by the need to meet a vision." 

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