County's planning committee appoints new chairman
Following Cllr Nigel Moor's appointment as cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, the planning committee has elected a new chairman.
Cllr John Cordwell, county councillor for Wotton-under-Edge takes over as chairman of the committee, having previously held the role between 1985 and 1991.
He has served as a county councillor for 35 years, having been first elected in 1981, and brings with him a wealth of experience.
In his time at the council, Cllr Cordwell has sat on many of the council's committees including the Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee, Traffic Regulation Committee and the Commons and Rights of Way Committee. He has also had a leading role in regional planning.
Speaking after the announcement, Cllr Cordwell thanked colleagues for the opportunity.
He said: "I've been a member of this committee for a long time, and have a lot of experience in the area.
"I'm grateful to my colleagues for electing me as chairman, and hope to be able to carry on the good work of Cllr Moor."
Cllr Nigel Moor, who steps down as chairman, said: "I've enjoyed my time chairing the committee.
"Following my appointment to the county council's cabinet, we needed to find a replacement chairman for the committee and Cllr Cordwell was the outstanding candidate for the role."