Ross Whear has become the head of planning and economic development at Hertsmere Borough Council.
He is the former strategic applications manager at the London Borough of Lambeth. His work there included delivering large-scale residential and commercial developments across the borough. While working in the planning policy team at the London Borough of Redbridge, he worked on Crossrail.
Whear's first challenge at Hertsmere was to meet his team online, as everyone is working at home due to the current Covid-19 crisis.
As well as navigating and responding to the challenges of the pandemic, preparing a new draft local plan for pre-submission publication, and developing a climate change and sustainability strategy and action plan are on Whear's to-do list.
“I was attracted to Hertsmere as a very ambitious pro-growth authority in a prime position on the edge of London," Whear explained.
“While delivering new growth is challenging anywhere, this role is about working with elected members in setting out a plan for appropriate and sustainable levels of growth, supported by infrastructure to support the long term prosperity of existing and future communities and businesses.
“To achieve this the team has a number of ongoing work streams alongside our statutory function to process and determine planning applications.”
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