Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, has announced the appointment of Cllr Nicola Beech as Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and City Design.
From today (14 July 2017) Cllr Beech will oversee the city’s spatial plan and design which will play an important role in how the city grows and develops in the future.
Cllr Beech will be responsible for delivering the West of England’s Joint Spatial plan locally as well as the Local Plan for Bristol. She will also play a key role in delivering on the Mayor’s commitments which have been laid out in the council’s Corporate Strategy. This includes the commitment to have 2,000 homes per year built in the city by 2020, working alongside Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Paul Smith.
Cllr Beech’s new responsibilities had been taken into the Mayor’s portfolio on an interim basis following the Cabinet reshuffle in March 2017.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Effective forward planning is essential if we are going to unlock the potential to create even more housing for people of Bristol. I have no doubt that Nicola is the right person for the job and I am delighted to welcome her in to my Cabinet. I’m sure she will hit the ground running and I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to improve the direction of the city and its infrastructure.”
Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and City Design, said: "It is a great honour to accept this role. The challenge is clear; Bristol needs more homes. But we are not just planning homes for the short term, the city needs to sustain itself in future. My role will develop medium and long term plans to stay on top of the city's problems.
“I love living in Bristol and it is an honour to represent the community of St George where I live. I look forward to continuing to make a difference through my role in the Cabinet and making a positive impact in shaping the way the city develops.”
More information on the roles in cabinet can be found on the council’s website: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/how-council-decisions-are-made/the-mayor-and-cabinet