Top planners join National Park Authority

Published Thursday 19 January 2006

Two key planning experts have been appointed by the New Forest National Park Authority.

John Ward becomes Director of Strategy and Planning on a two-year secondment from New Forest District Council where he is Head of Policy, Design and Information.

Steve Avery is the new Head of Development Control.    He joins the National Park Authority permanently from New Forest District Council’s development control section.

Ted Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome two such well-known and highly-respected planners to the Authority.   Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable in shaping our planning service for the future.

‘We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with New Forest District Council to ensure the provision of a first-class planning service both inside the National Park and in the wider area.’

John Ward has worked for New Forest District Council as a senior planner for more than 15 years, during which time he was also responsible for the independent team who supported the New Forest Committee.    He also has wide experience in planning with other local authorities including Huntingdonshire, Sunderland and Essex.

Steve Avery has worked for New Forest District Council as a principal planning officer for eight years.    He has also worked for other local planning authorities in Essex and Cornwall.

Chief Executive of New Forest District Council, Dave Yates, said: ‘New Forest District Council and New Forest National Park Authority have worked together on these arrangements.   I am delighted that John’s and Steve’s combined experience and professionalism will continue to be of tremendous benefit to the people of the New Forest in their new roles.   It is an excellent example of partnership on planning between our organisations that will continue in the future.’

Lindsay Cornish, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘John and Steve bring with them a wealth of knowledge and huge commitment to the conservation and enhancement of the National Park and surrounding areas.   They are exceptionally well-placed to drive forward our work in developing our spatial planning policies, preparing a new National Park Management Plan and overseeing the successful transfer of the development control functions to the National Park Authority.’


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Martin O'Neill, Head of Communications, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646647
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