Chief planner resigns at SSDC
Today Simon Fox, the Lead Specialist for planning at South Somerset District Council tendered his resignation. Mr Fox joined SSDC in 2002 and worked his way through the ranks. He has been in order Planning Assistant, Planning Officer, Team Leader and most recently Lead Specialist.
Whilst he has overseen some controversial planning decisions, his reputation among staff at the council has always been for scrupulous honesty.
However significant changes are afoot. SSDC has barely completed a Transformation Programme only to be told the planning team needs reorganising. A report by consultants that we noted last week has suggested that SSDC does not have the right expertise in the right places. It also recommended That SSDC should “Strengthen in-house capacity re scheme viability – so the authority is better able to interpret viability information from applicants and external advisers. Can be achieved through appointment of in-house ‘expert’, potentially as a shared resource with neighbouring authorities, and with additional officer (and member) training“
No reasons have been given for Mr Fox’s resignation.