Neighbourhoods, Planning and Public Protection

Neighbourhoods, Planning and Public Protection works to provide a clean, green, sustainable environment for residents and businesses in Torfaen. Our skilled and experienced staff are the backbone to public services in the borough.

The Chief Officer for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Public Protection is Rachel Jowitt.

The service is divided into five main areas:

  • Economy Enterprise & Environment
  • Highways, Transportation, Property & Waste
  • Planning and Development
  • Public protection
  • Skills and Employability

Economy, Enterprise & Environment

Cath Thomas is Assistant Chief Officer with responsibility for Economy, Enterprise & Environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Strategic and Urban Regeneration
  • Countryside
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • Streetscene Services
  • Cemeteries
  • Allotments

Highways, Transportation, Property & Waste

Stephen Jarrett is Assistant Chief Officer with responsibility for Highways, Transportation, Property & Waste.

Responsibilities include:

  • Waste management
  • Property maintenance and construction
  • Highways Maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Traffic Management and Road Safety
  • Highway Development Control
  • Civil Engineering Consultancy
  • Fleet Management

Planning and Development

Richard Lewis is Head of Planning and Development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Development Control
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Building Control
  • Forward Planning

Public Protection

David Thompson is Head of Public Protection.

Responsibilities include:

  • Commercial Standards
  • Community Protection
  • Weights and Measures
  • Licensing (Taxi, Public Entertainment, Theatre, Alcohol, Lottery, Street Collections and the New Gambling Act etc)
  • Food Health and Safety Enforcement
  • Animal and Pest Control
  • Housing and Pollution Enforcement

Skills and Employability

Karen Padfield is Head of Skills and Employability.

Responsibilities include:

  • Torfaen Training
  • Employability Services
  • Adult Community Learning
  • Youth Engagement & Progression
  • Regional ESF Operations

Contact Us

Correspondence should be sent to:

Neighbourhoods, Planning and Public Protection
Ty Blaen Torfaen
Panteg Way
New Inn

Tel: 01495 762200
Fax: 01495 756198

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Torfaen County Borough Council

Tel: 01495 762200

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