Spike in development creates demand for new planners in Oxfordshire

Written by: Kay Parris
Published on: 12 Oct 2014

Chris Kenneford

A large-scale expansion of development activity in Oxfordshire has prompted the county council’s planning regulation service to expand its staff base.

The authority is looking to fill vacancies for an additional developer funding negotiator and a newly-created role of principal infrastructure funding negotiator.

According to the council’s planning regulation service manager, Chris Kenneford, the service expects to see major new economic development and infrastructure projects coming through.

Kenneford told Planning: “Whilst our staff have risen admirably to the challenge of this new growth agenda, it has become increasingly apparent that if we want to stay on top of things and ensure that we continue to capture the benefits of current and future growth in Oxfordshire, then we need to gear up and secure additional staff resources accordingly.”

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(pic: Chris Kenneford, planning regulation services manager, Oxfordshire County Council)