Combined authority boosts planning team as development pressures grow

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 4 Nov 2015

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A Midlands combined local authority says it wants the planning system to be 'proactive as well as reactive' to help meet development pressures.  

High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council share services including planning through a 'strategic alliance' to squeeze out more value for money.

Head of regulatory services Robert Weaver told Planning: “The region is seeing lots of growth which, like the rest of the country, is residential led.

“However, we are also seeing more applications from businesses wanting to expand. We are very keen to support them to keep them in this area.

“So we want the planning system to be proactive as well as reactive when necessary. We want to help businesses while support small to medium-sized residential projects.”

The councils are looking to recruit three planning officers and a planning officer on a fixed-term contract to cover maternity leave.

“This is a good time to join our development service because the new recruits will play a key part in delivering sustainable development and contributing towards ambitious economic growth plans", Weaver added. 

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