From 1st December 2021, the Development Management (DM) team structure is being re-organised.
The intention is to make the structure more responsive and accessible to customers and the wider community and to focus resources to provide a more dedicated service for the majority of our customers whilst also better supporting the Council’s strategic local plan growth and regeneration agenda. 1st December won’t quite see all of the staffing in place, but the aim is that this will happen very quickly thereafter.
The new arrangements will see the formation of 3 DM teams – 2 area based teams and a Strategic Sites and Place team, each led by a Team Leader.
The area based teams will cover the North and South of the district. This should provide a clear point of contact for application enquiries/issues. The geographical areas are shown on the map below, along with the parishes within each.
The Strategic Sites and Place team will focus on major development at locations where the current and forthcoming local plan anticipates most growth and regeneration. This includes Whitfield, Aylesham, Discovery Park and Dover Town Centre.
DM will continue to use consultant planners to help with peaks in work, for any specialist support and to cover post vacancies. Consultants will work across teams/team areas as required. On occasion, it might also be necessary for planning officers to assist/deal with cases in other teams/areas depending on workloads and resources available, although this should be an exception.
STRATEGIC SITES AND PLACE TEAM
Luke Blaskett (Team Leader)
Adam Reynolds (Principal Planner)
Principal Planner (post vacant/being advertised)
Rachel Morgan (Senior Planner)
Alison Gravett (Conditions Officer)
Nathan Wookey (Support Assistant: Pre-applications)
Lucy Holloway (Team Leader)
Amanda Marks (Principal Planner)
Karen Evans (Senior Planner)
Maxine Hall (Planner)
Amber Tonkin (Planner)
Lucinda Roach (Team Leader)
Hilary Johnson (Senior Planner)
Jenny Suttle (Senior Planner)
Andrew Wallace (Planner)
Alice Pitts (Trainee Planner)