Decision details

Extension of the contract for the interim Head of Planning

Decision Maker: Director of Planning-Tracey Crews

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Extension of contract of interim Head of Planning via Holmesplanning

Services Ltd until end October 2021.

Reasons for the decision:

To provide service delivery to the councils regulatory planning function and

facilitate the continued secondment of Head of Planning to support corporate

priorities outside the planning team on a temporary basis.

Alternative options considered:

1. To not extend contract – Resource is needed to support the activities

of the planning team and ensure we deliver planning applications in a

timely and efficient manner. Current application levels are high and

to not provide support at the head of planning level would likely lead

to a drop in performance and would impact on capacity across the


2. To appoint through a different recruitment agency – the extension to

the current contract provides consistency at a time when planning

applications are at a recorded high and there is pressure across the


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Agreement to extension to contract

Contact: Tracey Crews, Director of Planning 01242 264126 Email:

Publication date: 30/04/2021

Date of decision: 29/04/2021