Council looks to expand planning capabilities

Written by: Jez abbott
Published on: 9 Sep 2015

DH Lawrence heritage centreA Nottinghamshire council is expanding its planning team to deal with rising policy work and the growth of neighbourhood planning. 

Broxtowe Borough Council is preparing site allocations and development control policies to deliver the growth plans set out in its core strategy. 

Head of neighbourhoods and prosperity Steffan Saunders told Planning: “We have a mix of urban and rural areas with a prominent landscape, green-belt issues and a DH Lawrence heritage.

“A particular planning focus is easing pressure between housing need and green-belt protection – balancing the competing needs is a very, very significant issue.”

The council is looking to recruit a temporary planning officer to tackle a range of planning applications as well as planning policy work.

“We have also designated five neighbourhood plans and expect to approve another one in about six weeks, so the new postholder may help town and parish councils with their new plans", Saunders said. 

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Image: DH Lawrence heritage centre