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Sutton LBC is on the lookout for an executive head of planning, transport and highways, says Will Little...
Sutton LBC is on the lookout for an executive head of planning, transport and highways, says Will Little

Sutton LBC is seeking a new executive head of planning, transport and highways. It is a senior post that has responsibility for a£10m budget.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for over 100 staff in the directorate, which covers all issues relating to highways, culture and leisure planning and regeneration.

Tom Jeffreys, strategic director for environment and leisure, says the key challenge will be to build on the success the council has had with its sustainability policies.

'The new post holder will have to find ways of making new house building and highway planning as sustainable as possible. Sutton has one of the best reputations in the country for sustainability and we need to keep it that way,' he says.

Another key challenge will be to plan where to build a new range of homes in consultation with the wishes of local people.

Mr Jeffreys says: 'There is a lot of pressure on land in the borough and there are many places where building a new range of houses would annoy people locally. This would be a key challenge for the successful candidate.'

The post holder will also be responsible for recruiting and retaining crucial staff, such as transport

engineers, as there is a major shortage of these skills nationwide.

'The successful candidate will have to be a strong leader and have experience of running a high-profile public service. Good interpersonal skills will be essential, especially in relating to elected members,' says Mr Jeffreys.

Another task will be to play a central role in the council's interdisciplinary team on the development of the

borough's environmental and leisure facilities. This will involve working with partners across the council

and externally.

Mr Jeffreys says: 'This is a significant agenda for the council. We have a big environmental and leisure department that plays an important part in the council's work with the public.'

Sutton is a high-performing council with four stars in its comprehensive performance assessment. Working relationships between departments and elected members is also very constructive.

'The council is a very satisfying place to work. It borders London but also looks out to more rural areas in Surrey and Sussex,' adds Mr Jeffreys.



Males 80,730

Females 88,201

Aged 0 to 15 21.0%

Aged 16 to 74 71.8%

Aged 75 and over7.2%

Born in the UK 89.7%


Percentage of people aged 16-74

Employed 58.1%

Self-employed 9.8%

Unemployed 2.6%

Student 3.2%

Retired 11.8%

Looking after family 6.5%

Sick/disabled 3.3%

Other 2.5%

Ethnic groups

White British89.2%

Mixed race2.1%

Asian or Asian British 4.7%

Black or black British 2.6%

Other ethnic group1.4%

Average house price (£)

Detached 509,450

Semidetached 280,435

Terraced 215,720

Flat/maisonette 156,970

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