Warrington growth prompts planning expansion

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 9 Dec 2016

Warrington town centreWarrington Borough Council is expanding its planning department in response to demands caused by growth.

The council is recruiting for an additional two planning officers to join its development management team.

It says that the move is being made as a result of an increasing number of planning applications being submitted by developers.

Michael Bell, planning policy & programmes manager at the council, told Planning: “Warrington’s economy is vibrant. We are seeing very high demand for housing but also for employment land.

“A number of flagship companies have moved into the Omega business park and there is significant continuing demand.”

Warrington is currently reviewing its local plan to increase housing and commercial development, and is proposing the release of green belt land.

The revised plan, currently out to consultation, aims to deliver 20,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs over the 20 year plan period.

The new planning officer positions are being offered on an initial 18 month contract, which Bell said could be extended.

The council is also looking to fill vacant positions at senior planner and development management team leader levels.

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