Influx of residential work prompts Shepway planning team expansion

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 8 Sep 2014

Civic Centre, Shepway

Shepway District Council is expanding its planning team to take on an influx of work for residential projects.

Head of planning Chris Lewis said of the two planning officer posts: “Mostly they will deal with residential work. We recently allocated some large sites in our core strategic local plan.

He told Planning: “These sites are strategic areas for development and applications are starting to feed through, so there's plenty of work with applications.

“The council also has an ambitious programme to release land it owns for development and we need development control staff in place to deal with the extra workload.”

Shepway district, in Kent, serves a population of 108,000 people and includes Romney Marsh and part of the Kent North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has about 900 listed buildings and 21 designated conservation areas.

“The Council is keen to support regeneration and sustainable development as well as preserve and enhance the district’s heritage.”

Lewis said the council was working to key objectives including boosting the local economy and increasing job opportunities; encouraging more home building; and delivering value for money.

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