announced today. Katrine Sporle will take charge on 1 January 2003,
succeeding Chris Shepley.
government on the reform of the planning system.
Planning minister Tony McNulty said:
'I am delighted to have Katrine on board and look forward to working
with her during this exciting time. Katrine's track record speaks for
itself and I have every confidence she will help us take our reforms
'We have embarked on a massive reform of the planning system and the
Planning Inspectorate is one of our key partners. We want to make the
planning system fairer, faster and more flexible.'
Tony McNulty also paid tribute to the work of outgoing chief
inspector Chris Shepley:
'My job as planning minister has been made a lot easier by having
Chris at the helm. He has played a crucial role in overseeing the
improved reputation of the Planning Inspectorate.'
Katrine Sporle is coming to the job from her role as chief executive
of Basingstoke & Deane BC.
'This is an exciting time to be joining the Planning Inspectorate.
The government has a wide-ranging agenda of planning reform. The
Inspectorate has established an excellent reputation and this is a
golden opportunity for it to play a major role in the ongoing
'Having led a local authority I know just how much influence the
planning system can have on the local community. I want to work with
the government to make the planning system more responsive to the
needs of the community.'
1. Katrine Sporle has been chief executive for Basingstoke and Deane
BC for the last eight years. She was responsible for a turnover of
£83m, managing 550 staff, a property portfolio earning£11m annually
and an investment portfolio of£140m.
2. She was responsible for the redevelopment of Basingstoke town
centre, attracting private investment of£350m. She also managed
the largest capital programme and social house building programme
in the south-east of England.
3. Before joining Basingstoke local authority in 1992, Katrine spent
four years working as a supervising consultant at Price Waterhouse
4. Katrine has gained experience of the planning system during
periods working as a planning officer for Salisbury DC and in the
Planning and transportation Department of Westminster City Council.
5. For further background on the Planning Inspectorate please see the
website at: www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk