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Peterborough City Council is looking for a head of strategic growth and development, says Adrian O'Dowd...
Peterborough City Council is looking for a head of strategic growth and development, says Adrian O'Dowd

Peterborough City Council is searching for a head of strategic growth and development to help it deliver a packed programme of development earmarked for the area in the coming years.

The role is part of a new team within the chief executive's department that brings together the traditional regeneration and economic development functions with housing and planning strategy.

Council chief executive Gillian Beasley says: 'We have conducted a restructuring of the community services

department to bring into my department the growth and regeneration functions because we are in a growth area - we went into the [government-backed] M11 growth corridor a couple of years ago.

'We want to drive growth and regeneration much more strongly, reconfigure the team, and bring together the key components so we can work more effectively alongside our new urban regeneration company. The company will work with us to deliver growth and regeneration within our city.'

The successful candidate will report to the assistant chief executive Malcolm Burch. They will work closely with senior officers and members in the council, the urban regeneration company and other partners.

The remit of the job is wide, as Ms Beasley explains: 'The person will oversee economic development, regeneration, housing strategy, planning strategy, and is going to be working alongside the urban regeneration company to deliver in the region of 17,000 new jobs and 25,000 new houses in the next 15 years.'

The successful candidate will not necessarily have to have a council background, but they will have an impressive track record.

'We want somebody who has vision, understands the strategies and is able to motivate and manage staff,' says Ms Beasley. 'It's a key management role, but it's also a role where we expect vision and working alongside the business and voluntary sector.

'We are going through a major phase of growth and are embracing it. What is exciting is that there is no blueprint for this. It's not exactly a clean sheet of paper, because there are some things in place, but this will be somebody who is going to shape a city.'

Peterborough's comprehensive performance assessment rating is two stars, 'improving well' and it has

Investors in People accreditation.

Facts and figures


Population 156,061

Males 76,010

Females 80,051

Aged 0 to 15 20.6%

Aged 16 to 74 72.9%

Aged 75 and over6.5%

Born in the UK 90.2%


Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed 57.3%

Self-employed 6.4%

Unemployed 3.3%

Student 5.1%

Retired 12.4%

Looking after family 7.2%

Sick/disabled 5%

Other 3.2%

Ethnic groups

White British89.7%

Mixed race1.5%

Asian or Asian British

Black or black British 1.2%

Other ethnic group0.6%

Average house price (£)

Detached 223,840

Semi detached 136,535

Terraced 109,765

Flat/maisonette 104,085

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