Thurrock seeks planner to drive local plan work

Written by: Michael Donnelly
Published on: 11 Jun 2014


Thurrock Council is looking to appoint a principal planning officer for its newly created growth and strategy team which is responsible for drawing a new local development framework (LDF) to guide development in the area.  

Thurrock is currently preparing a suite of new planning documents for its LDF and is carrying out a review of its adopted core strategy.

Sean Nethercott, growth and strategy manager at the council, said that the review was underway following national policy changes and a surge in economic activity in the area.

“We’ve got such a huge growth agenda here and there’s so many major regeneration schemes of national importance to be taken forward through the development plan process. It is a very exciting place to live and work”, he said.

The new team was created to handle the LDF workload and the principal planner position has come up because Nethercott himself had been promoted to head of team.

Nethercott said that, amongst other duties, the successful candidate would look after the economic and employment side of the plan-making process.

They would need to have a strong background in development plan work, strategic planning policy work and strategic land use expertise, he said.

Good knowledge of economic development and urban regeneration practice and/or planning for the built and natural environment is also desirable.

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