Hartlepool Borough Council has recruited Malcolm Steele as senior planning officer, fresh from a role at the Tees Valley Unlimited local enterprise partnership.
Steele was made redundant in October from his position as strategic planning officer after the LEP decided to do away with its planning function.
But he was snapped up immediately by Hartlepool, which will set him to work on preparing its local plan.
Steele said: “I have worked at a strategic role over the past few years so one of the main challenges will be thinking a bit more locally.”
Hartlepool currently has no local plan and is currently moving towards its preferred options stage.
Steele will focus on allocating suitable housing sites to meet the plan’s housing numbers over the period of the plan.
He began his career at the former Cleveland County Council. When the council was abolished in the mid 1990s he moved with the planning team to the Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit, later absorbed into the LEP.
He has a bachelors in town and country planning from the former Trent Polytechnic and is a chartered planner.
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