Stephen Kelly has been appointed as shared director of planning and economic development to oversee growth around Cambridge.
Kelly has been appointed to a new role which will see him take responsibility across Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.
He joins from the London Borough of Haringey, where he was assistant director of planning for the past two and a half years.
Kelly said: “I am relishing the opportunity to return to East Anglia where I grew up. Greater Cambridge is one of the most exciting areas in the UK to be a planner.”
He added that his role would involve balancing heritage and quality of life with growth to meet economic challenges.
Councillor Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council said: “The two councils have already achieved major gains for our communities by joint working on planning and transport, not least in joining up our two local plans.
“Stephen’s new role encapsulates our ambitions to achieve even more in managing growth so we share the benefits to all our residents and make the most of our many opportunities from joint working.”
Prior to joining Haringey, Kelly was divisional director of planning at the London Borough of Harrow and also served as planning and development director at the West Northampton Development Corporation.
He also spent spells as development manager at Watford Borough Council and area planning manager at the London Borough of Brent.
He has a bachelor’s degree in town and regional planning from the University of Abertay in Dundee and an MBA from the University of Wales.
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