Croydon Head of Planning and Environment goes over Difference in Expectations

Planning Resource

Croydon planning director to leave post

The London Borough of Croydon has confirmed that its executive director for planning and environment is to leave the role after only six months following a ‘difference in expectations’ regarding the position.

Stephen McDonald, who was appointed in August last year, is to leave after “mutual recognition that there was a difference in expectations over the balance of the role”, according to a council statement.

The statement added that the decision was not “a reflection of Stephen’s perfomance in his short time with the council”.

“The authority is grateful to Stephen for his contribution and for having the foresight to recognise that the scope of the role was not playing to his strengths in the way the council and he hoped it would,” the statement said.

The statement also said that, due to the “disappointing outcome” of McDonald’s appointment, it would not rush into making a “like-for-like” appointment.

Emma Peters would have been difficult shoes to fill, Stephen McDonalds background was an an economist and management consultant rather than planner and urban designer.