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Growth and Delivery

The City Growth and Delivery team aims to build an attractive place that is centred upon Gloucester’s first-class heritage, creating a successful place in which people want to live, work and visit.

Our teams

There are several teams within the department:

  • Planning, includes development management, planning policy, and enforcement
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Economic development and regeneration
  • Strategic housing


Planning produce the strategic plans for the city, guiding its development and growth over decades to come.  It also receives and considers planning applications submitted by the public and businesses and assesses new developments within the city. The council’s Enforcement Officer ensures that development that has taken place has planning consent.

Heritage and conservation

This team work with the planning team to ensure that the city’s heritage assets are protected and enhanced.  We use our archaeologist to protect the city’s extensive historic assets, and to make sure that new development does not damage them.

Economic development

The economic development team encourage investment into the city and support local businesses to deliver sustainable economic growth and regeneration, including jobs for local residents.

Strategic housing

The team work closely with housing developers to make sure there's enough suitable housing to meet the needs of all of the city’s residents.

What’s it like working here?

Here’s what a few of our team members have to say about working for us.

Claire Dovey-Evans - Townscape Heritage Officer

What do you love about working for the council?

I love the team I work with. They’re all lovely professional people, who are easy to get on with and do a great job. I love the built heritage of the city. It’s so varied and interesting. Working with it is a real privilege.

What’s a typical day?

It’s difficult to describe a typical day as they’re all so different. I’m usually developing varied projects with property owners, dealing with applications for funding, organising events, writing reports and dealing with finances, or out on-site monitoring works to older properties.

Who are your customers?

Property owners, their architects and the contractors they employ are the main customers I work with.

What skills do you need to do your job well?

Project management skills, knowledge of conservation principles and in the repair of older properties. I also need to communicate well with property owners, architects and contractors, and to be creative in the approach to project ideas. In devising events and working with the community I need to think of ways to engage with people that are imaginative, interesting and enjoyable.

Andrew Armstrong - Archaeologist

What do you love about working for the council?

I work with a really friendly, motivated and professional team – Gloucester for me is a fascinating place to work.

What's a typical day?

My days vary considerably, sometimes I’m out on site visits or meetings, other days are more desk based.

Who are your customers?

Mainly developers but I also get many enquiries from members of the public.

What skills do you need to do your job well?

You’ve got to be able to organise and manage your own time, communicate clearly and consistently and manage multiple projects at once.

Adam Wassell - City Growth and Delivery Officer

What do you love about working for the council?

We’ve a small, tightly knit team of individuals with a deep passion for the city and a real desire to better the lives of the residents of Gloucester. I’ve always drawn inspiration from my colleagues’ passion.

What's a typical day?

It’s usually a mix of day-to-day queries from businesses and partners, and work towards long-term objectives. Our Economic Growth Strategy underpins what the Economic Development team is working to achieve- including a comprehensive inward investment package, a range of initiatives around employment and skills, and support with regeneration projects including funding applications.

Who are your customers?

We’ve a clear remit to deliver an environment that our business community can grow and thrive within.

What skills do you need to do your job well?

It’s a jack of all trades kind of role, but I would say the most important skill is an ability to engage with people effectively. Most of the work we do is the result of strong stakeholder relationships and we would not be able to deliver the work we do without this.

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