Urban extension prompts East Cambridgeshire to expand planning team

Written by: John Geoghegan
Published on: 30 May 2014


East Cambridgeshire District Council is looking for new planners to help deliver an urban extension to the cathedral city of Ely.

As well as a senior planning officer and three planning officers to support a “sustainable urban extension” to the north of the town of Ely, the authority is also looking for a part-time planning enforcement officer.

In a statement, it said: “East Cambridgeshire is embarking on a period of growth, with a positive and pro-active approach to development.

“Government funding has been secured to enable us to expand our capacity to deliver a sustainable urban extension to the north of Ely.

“The intention is that this should be an exemplar development which respects the unique character of Ely.” 

A council spokesman added: "In East Cambridgeshire we are working hard to deliver the infrastructure, job opportunities and homes which people need as the district continues to grow. The planning officers were are looking to recruit will help with this work."

According to the council, the senior planning officer would be responsible for delivering the 3,000-home urban extension, which includes a local centre, employment land, and a country park. The job is a fixed-term post ending in June next year.

The council said it is considering two outline applications for the extension. It anticipates that the development may involve up to four applications.

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