Council sharpens planning focus on waste and minerals

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 1 Jul 2015

Cheshire East Council’s head office A large unitary authority planning team has promoted a member of staff to the post of senior planning officer to help it focus on minerals, waste and energy.

Cheshire East Council is facing a diverse range of planning issues, planning policy and community infrastructure levy manager Stuart Penny told Planning.

His team has promoted Dave Acton from a building control officer to the senior planning officer post at a challenging time for the authority, said Penny.

“Dave will help in preparing our local plan, the strategic element of which is currently being progressed through examination. 

“He is focusing on issues relating to natural resources, including minerals, waste, energy and sustainability appraisals. Dave will also have a chance to work in areas of planning policy.”

The council submitted its local plan to the communities secretary in May 2014 and it is currently undergoing examination. 

“The new plan will cover a range of matters including the number of new homes that are needed and where they should be located,” said Penny.

“It will look at the location of new employment land, protection and improvement of important open areas and provision new infrastructure.”

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