New planning director for South Downs

THE SOUTH Downs National Park Authority has welcomed a new director of planning.

Tim Slaney will be replacing Jim Redwood whose time in the role came to an end this month.

Margaret Paren, chair of the SDNPA, said she was ‘delighted’ to welcome Tim to job

Ms Paren said: “Tim will play a key role in the development of future planning policy as well as overseeing the South Downs National Park Authority’s (SDNPA) development management and work enforcement. We are all looking forward to working with him in the years ahead.”

The SDNPA will deal with an estimated 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the 8th largest planning authority in the country.

Speaking about his new role, Mr Slaney said: “I’ve been very impressed with the passion everyone has for the National Park which has fired my own enthusiasm to contribute all I can to achieve a customer friendly and sound planning service that takes the South Downs National Park forward.”

Tim has previously worked in planning roles at Watford Council, New Forest National Park and was head of planning and development at The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Since accepting the role Tim now lives in the South Downs National Park with his wife and two daughters.