New town growth leads to planning expansion

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 22 Jun 2016

Warrington town centreWarrington Borough Council is looking to grow its development management team to help it meet a flurry of large-scale developments.

Planning policy and programmes manager Michael Bell told Planning: “Key challenges for us are the scale of residential and employment developments coming forward.

“But we also need to look at how the service is structured in relation to these development challenges and to meet government challenges in areas such as increased performance standards."

The council wants to recruit a development manager in regulation and public protection to join a development management team of 12 planners split into two teams.

“The new postholder will have the opportunity to review the way the service is structured, how it works and how it engages with other parts of the council the development industry.”

The new recruit will also advise the council’s corporate management team and executive board on key regeneration schemes.

These include the £107m Bridge Street Development (pictured) with offices, retail and leisure facilities such as a 13-screen, 2,500-seat multiplex cinema.

The value of Warrington’s economy each year is £4bn and the new town is home to 8,000 businesses employing 115,000 people, according to the council.

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