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The former Director of Planning and Development at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council was paid £247,207 when was made redundant.

Jonathan MacDonald moved on from Town Hall last April after seven years, and took a job in the private sector as a consultant.

Pressure group Tax Payers’ Alliance released data last week which showed he was paid a salary of £100,064, and was given a near quarter million pound pay off.

The Times asked the council how the figure was decided.

A Town Hall spokesman said: ‘The council was required to make this payment as statutory compensation for loss of employment following a restructure.

‘The redundancy payment for that post was £38,000, and the remaining sum was the statutory amount required to be paid to the local government pension scheme.’

Mr MacDonald moved on as council leaders spoke of financial challenges, with its £4.6million government grant set to be lost.

During his time as a planning director, he oversaw a number of projects and initiatives, including a £14million asset disposal programme.

Council Leader David Jukes said at the time of his departure: ‘Jonathan has delivered a number of important priority projects and worked well with councillors, staff and partners alike in often controversial areas such as planning and major regeneration projects.’

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