National park authority recruits new senior planner

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 16 Mar 2015

Brecon Beacons

A national park authority has recruited a senior staff member to help it keep hitting high performance targets on planning.

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has recruited Matthew Griffiths to the new senior planning officer post. He was a senior planner with Powys County Council.

Planning director Christopher Morgan told Planning: “The authority has been riding high in the Welsh government league tables for meeting eight-week targets in processing applications from householders in the park.”

The authority has around 1,900 listed buildings and four conservation areas as well as a large number of scheduled ancient monuments, historic landscapes and registered parks and gardens. 

Morgan said: “In the most recent statistics, for July to September 2014, we were in the top three for the third quarter running, determining 92 per cent of applications within the statutory eight-week period, just pipped to the top spot by Merthyr Tydfil County Council.”

Griffiths' job is to to manage development control casework and help promote forward planning and meet the national park's management plan objectives.

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