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New Welsh planning boss announced

Planning inspector Richard Poppleton has been appointed as the director for Wales in the Planning Inspectorate. Poppleton, who has worked for 22 years as a Planning inspector, will take up his new role officially from April 2012.

In his new role he will contribute to the strategic development of the organisation as it continues its organisational changes over the next few years. He will be specifically responsible for the integrated management of all work carried out by the Inspectorate for Welsh ministers.

“Richard will play a key leadership role, ensuring that our plans and strategies for Wales are fit for purpose and serve the particular needs of the Welsh Government,” said Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sir Michael Pitt. “I am confident that he will ensure that the work of the Inspectorate in Wales maintains its reputation for the highest possible professional standards.”

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