Croydon Council is pleased to announce the appointment of a new director of planning and strategic transport.
Heather Cheesbrough will join the council’s Place department management team in January, where she will be responsible for strategic planning, development management, strategic transport and building control.
Key priorities of her role will include the delivery of the Westfield Hammerson planning application, enabling Croydon to realise its growth ambitions, ensuring Croydon has effective transport infrastructure and upholding the council’s obligations as a planning authority.
Heather was previously assistant director of strategic planning, regeneration and economic development at the London Borough of Hounslow, where she worked for three years.
At Hounslow she has significantly expanded the borough’s affordable housing service exceeding her administration’s target, delivered two major public realm high street schemes and has led the new Heathrow Garden City master planning work.
Previously she worked for architecture and consultancy firms EDAW/AECOM and Urban Initiatives, and St Albans District Council.
Heather said: “I am really excited about joining Croydon, at what is a hugely transformative time for the borough.
“I look forward to playing a key role in helping bring forward from a planning perspective, the major developments and regeneration projects taking place in Croydon.”
Croydon Council’s executive director of place, Jo Negrini, said: “I am delighted that Heather will be joining Croydon.
“She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record, which will help us to realise our growth ambitions and deliver one of the biggest regeneration programmes in the country.
“Heather will be an asset to Croydon and I’m really excited about her arrival in the New Year.”