Staffordshire council expands planning team for joint local plan work

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 17 Jul 2014

Queen's Gardens, Newcastle

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council in Staffordshire is creating two new planning policy officer posts as it gears up to produce a joint local plan.

The council is working with City of Stoke and the new post holders will play an role in preparing the new joint plan, according to planning policy manager Helen Beech.

“We have incredible diversity,” she told Planning. “Newcastle is unique in having some of the country's worst deprivation and some of the most affluent areas.

“Trying to produce a local plan in partnership with Stoke, which has its fair share of problems, is challenging but there's a really positive approach to finding and introducing investment to the localities.

“We have a joint core strategy and a strong partnership record and aim to build on that record. It's about improving the overall offering and making sure there is housing of the right kind to attract people.

“We want to improve public perceptions and are ambitious in creating new employment opportunities. But it's early days: we just beginning to gather evidence for the plan.”

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