Hillingdon seeks to recruit planners to complete local plan

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 10 Sep 2014

Civic Centre in Hillingdon

The need to push through a completed local plan has prompted the London Borough of Hillingdon to launch a recruitment drive for three new planning staff.

The council is seeking two two principal planning officers and an assistant planning policy officer.

The council's planning policy team manager, James Gleave, told Planning: “We are now in the process of preparing the second part of our local plan involving development management policies and site allocations.

“The posts reflect an aspiration to have an up-to-date plan in place as soon as possible", he said.

The council adopted for first part of its local plan in November. This laid out a broad development strategy for the borough from 2011 through to 2026.

It covers issues such as the number of new homes required in the borough, the amount of employment land needed and how the green belt will be managed over the period of the plan. 

Gleave said responsibilities of the new post holders would include production of local plan documents, supplementary planning documents, and area action plans.

“They will provide policy responses to major planning applications, project manage the production of evidence-base studies and monitor development, he said.”

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