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The new chief planning inspector of the Planning Inspectorate was...
The new chief planning inspector of the Planning Inspectorate was

announced today. Katrine Sporle will take charge on 1 January 2003,

succeeding Chris Shepley.

As chief inspector Katrine will have the task of working with the

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.

She said:

'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:

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