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DCLG appoints devolution director

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The Department for Communities & Local Government has appointed a director to oversee devolution.

Planning Inspectorate chief executive Simon Ridley is set to return to the DCLG as its director general for decentralisation and local growth.

Mr Ridley moved to the Planning Inspectorate in April 2014 having been the DCLG’s director of local government finance since 2010. Before that Mr Ridley had spent 13 years working for the Treasury.

LGC reported in May that the DCLG was looking for a new director general to lead on devolution and economic growth, as the government continued to push its devolution agenda. At the time the department hoped to have made an appointment by mid-July.

Steve Quartermain, who is currently chief planner at the DCLG, will take over as acting chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate in the interim. Mark Southgate, who is director for major applications and plans at the Planning Inspectorate, will become chief operating officer.

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