East Devon council economic head to take up £60,000-a-year post.

TORRIDGE District Council and North Devon Council have announced the appointment of a joint head of planning for both districts.

Kate Little, who is currently the Head of Economy at East Devon District Council, will take up the £60,000-a-year post of Joint Head of Strategic Development and Planning in the next couple of months.

Among her most recent and notable achievements is her success in securing significant inward investment into East Devon, including the development of Cranbrook, a new community to the east of Exeter.

She said: “I am delighted to accept the role and I am looking forward to joining the two councils in the summer.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work across Northern Devon, while being part of a new joint working venture.”

In a joint statement, Torridge and North Devon council leaders Cllrs Barry Parsons and Brian Greenslade, said: “This appointment is the first concrete example of our two councils working closely together and it will certainly strengthen the councils’ joint capacity.

“We believe the role will help lead to more efficient and effective planning services, benefiting not only the councils, but the people we serve.”

Mike Mansell, chief executive at North Devon, and Jenny Wallace, head of paid service at Torridge, added: “Kate will be a welcome addition to our management teams and we are looking forward to progressing joint working between the two councils.”

Last month North Devon’s Overview and Scrutiny committee voted to suspend the recruitment process amid fears its taxpayers were not getting a fair deal under the joint arrangement.

Cllr Greenslade said the committee did not have the power to override a decision by the council’s Executive but added that any future joint appointment would be referred to the committee for consideration.

Yesterday (Thursday), the committee resolved to note the report and ‘move on’.