South Norfolk District Council has beefed up its planning policy team by taking on a planning officer to tackle mounting workloads for housing.
Stephen Andrews has come out of retirement to take on the new post and will deal with gipsy and traveller sites and local plan issues as well as residential work.
The authority has an adopted core strategy in place and recently submitted three local plan documents for examination. Preparation of two other local plan documents is ongoing.
Planning policy manager Adam Nicholls told Planning: “Residential work is a big thing across part of the district: we don't yet have a five-year land supply.
“We are therefore dealing with a reasonable number of applications for sites that otherwise might not be considered appropriate.
“One of the main tasks right now is getting the site allocation plan through the current examination process, which will help us get that five-year land supply in place.”
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