Recruitment drive planned in Newham

The London Borough of Newham is gearing up for the 2012 Olympics by hiring 20 staff for its planning team.

Almost £850,000 worth of new permanent posts are being created to help boost capacity as the borough prepares for major renewal.

Stratford will house an 80,000-seater Olympic stadium and the neighbouring 4,500-home Stratford City development. More than 25 major regeneration projects are already running in the borough and 50,000 homes are planned by 2020.

Newham regeneration and development division regeneration manager Mike Heraty said: "We have got more going on here at any given time than 20 other authorities put together. For applicants to our posts it presents quite an opportunity to cut their teeth."

The borough employs a number of agency staff in its planning teams but wants to expand its permanent employee base. The bulk of the new posts are in its development control team, although two regeneration officers will be recruited alongside a town centre manager.

Heraty insisted that Canning Town is at the heart of the council's sustainable mixed community agenda. The borough is building a mix of housing tenures there and revamping the town centre. "The learning experience will be immense and rapid," he added.

An expansion of London City Airport and the ExCeL international exhibition centre are also in the pipeline for the authority, while almost 5,000 homes are planned at Silvertown Quays.

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