Interview with Senior Planner, James Clancy

30th November 2018

In November this year, James Clancy based in our Hook office was promoted to Senior Planner. We find out from James how his job role has changed and his views on development in the local area.

Congratulations, you have recently been promoted to Senior Planner – how has your job role changed?

It has not altered significantly, but I suppose being in a more senior role has resulted in more face to face client interaction, attendance of project meetings and greater ownership of the projects I work on.

You carry out a lot of development management work, what does this entail?

Development management work covers a broad spectrum of projects from householder extensions, small to large housing sites and commercial change of use applications. We have a wide variety of new enquiries each week which keeps the days interesting.

You deal with a range of local schemes, are you noticing a trend developing in local development?

The National Planning Policy Guidance has a strong emphasis on local planning with the promotion of Neighbourhood Plans to get local communities more involved in town planning and shaping the areas where they live. When promoting development sites within Neighbourhood Plan areas we actively encourage clients to get involved in community groups to assist with gaining local support which can assist with obtaining planning permission.

What has been the most rewarding scheme you have worked on this year?

Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have achieved planning permission for a new domestic fuel depot. This is a rewarding scheme due to the business being local and next to our office and is a project that started around the same time last year. There are many positive impacts to the proposal including the retention of local employees and the redevelopment of the existing site for assisted living accommodation. However, there are some issues which have to be addressed including the impact of the proposal on the surrounding rural landscape, access into the site and the number of traffic movements on surrounding countryside road. We have managed to overcome most of these concerns through careful design and extensive landscaping to reduce the visual impact. Also, we have managed to reuse an existing agricultural building and incorporate ecological enhancements. Hopefully, a positive outcome before Christmas.

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