SENIOR planner Peter Studdert is set to move to Cambourne to oversee development of the 9,500-home new town of Northstowe to be built near Oakington. He has been appointed director of joint planning (growth areas) by the three Cambridge area local authorities. Mr Studdert leaves Cambridgeshire Horizons, where he has been director for sustainable communities since 2004. In his new role, which will be hosted by SCDC, he will advise the Joint Planning Committees of Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council that have been set up to determine the planning applications for Northstowe and the major urban extensions to Cambridge. Mr Studdert said: "My priority will be to ensure proposed developments around Cambridge really do meet high standards of quality and sustainability that people expect." Sir David Trippier, chairman of Cambridgeshire Horizons, added: "We welcome him into this new position which will see him continue to have a crucial job in driving forward the region's growth agenda." Cllr Shona Johnstone, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "It is vital that the quality of the new developments in Cambridgeshire is of the highest quality in terms of sustainability and community development and Peter's job will be crucial in ensuring we achieve those ambitions.