West Oxfordshire's planning chief leaves after 38 years' service

Claire Locke, Ian Morrow and Natalie Blaken

Claire Locke, Ian Morrow and Natalie Blaken

First published in News

IAN Morrow, the head of planning at West Oxfordshire District Council, has retired after 38 years of service.

He joined the council on August 1, 1974, as a senior planner, after working in a similar role in Northern Ireland.

He worked his way up the ranks in the council’s planning department before taking the top job as head of planning and sustainable communities.

He said: “I have enjoyed my varying roles over many years, trying hard to balance the varied and often conflicting issues arising from the planning system. I have been fortunate to work with many committed and supportive colleagues during that time and to live in a lovely part of the country.”

Simon Hoare, the chairman of the council’s human resources committee said: “Ian has been an outstanding example of public service.

“Much of the recent built form and character of West Oxfordshire can be attributed to him and we all owe him a debt of thanks for helping keep West Oxfordshire special, while also delivering growth and economic development. He will be missed.”

Mr Morrow is succeeded by Natalie Blaken, who has more than 20 years of experience in planning and economic development in the public and private sectors, mostly in the East of England.

And Claire Locke has become the temporary head of environmental and commercial services, a post that will be shared with Cotswold District Council in Gloucestershire, where she has been the head of environmental services since 2009.

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4:41pm Wed 9 Jan 13

the wizard says...

We may get some decent traffic management solutions with a new face then, living in hope but not holding my breathe.
We may get some decent traffic management solutions with a new face then, living in hope but not holding my breathe. the wizard
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5:19pm Wed 9 Jan 13

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

WODC planners do not deal with highways and traffic. That is a county responsibility, so no change there.
WODC planners do not deal with highways and traffic. That is a county responsibility, so no change there. West Oxon Webwatcher
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5:22pm Wed 9 Jan 13

the wizard says...

West Oxon Webwatcher wrote:
WODC planners do not deal with highways and traffic. That is a county responsibility, so no change there.
And there was me, along with many others hoping for change for the better.

Drat, drat, double drat and darn it !!!!!

Is there no justice ? we're doomed, all doomed I tell ye,lol !!
[quote][p][bold]West Oxon Webwatcher[/bold] wrote: WODC planners do not deal with highways and traffic. That is a county responsibility, so no change there.[/p][/quote]And there was me, along with many others hoping for change for the better. Drat, drat, double drat and darn it !!!!! Is there no justice ? we're doomed, all doomed I tell ye,lol !! the wizard
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