Planning Manager (Development Management)
Division: Housing & Regeneration
Department: Development Management
Post Title: Planning Manager (Development Management)
Grade: Scale POD - POE
Responsible to: Assistant Director (Planning)
This job description is intended as a working document only, giving a guideline to the major tasks to be performed. It is anticipated that the post will develop as working practices change in order to meet the demands of the service, new legislation or policies of the council. It is expected the post holder will contribute to and assist in the development of such changes.
To manage, lead and develop the delivery of the Council’s Development Management service, working in conjunction with the Planning Policy service and all service areas to achieve organisational, performance and financial targets and in full compliance with all procedural and legislative requirements.
To be responsible for the operational and day to day delivery of the service seeking to embed a culture of continuous improvement in service quality, cost efficiency and customer responsiveness.
Main Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Act as the key advisor to the Council on development management (including planning enforcement) and design so as to promote and develop the Service for the benefit of the Council and the community.
- Ensure that the Development Management function is delivered in a business-like and efficient manner, reflecting national and local targets and that resource distribution and systems are appropriate to maintain and improve performance.
- Ensure that the Council’s Development Management decision making is based on achieving good quality development in the Borough and to be a champion for design excellence
- Provide guidance and support to officers when they are evaluating the planning merits of development proposals, both in writing or orally, whilst ensuring that this has regard to responses to consultations with statutory consultees, other Council departments, elected Member views and with the general public.
- Service the Council’s Regulatory Board and attend board meetings in addition to attending public meetings, site visits and inspections, and exhibitions which may take place at evenings and weekends.
- Take personal responsibility for particular high profile and complex projects and cases where a high level of professional and managerial involvement is required.
- Defend directly the Council’s decisions at appeals to the Planning Inspectorate or by supporting other officers. This involves both the preparation of the Council’s evidence and giving that evidence as the Council’s expert witness.
- Develop a high quality and responsive pre-application advice service covering the full range of development proposals within a financial framework that aims to cover the costs of this non-statutory service.
- Ensure a proactive and responsive approach to Development Management planning enforcement including guiding and supporting the enforcement officers on all aspects of enforcement, including enforcement applications / appeals and the monitoring of conditions.
- Lead the negotiation of financial and other planning contributions /obligations, including liaising with external organisations such as the County Council, to ensure the level of community infrastructure achieved is maximised.
- Promote customer satisfaction when delivering DM Services including answering enquiries where professional advice is required
- Inform the development of planning policy documents from a Development-Management perspective
- Ensure that the Council is advised of all its statutory and other duties under the legislative provisions concerning Planning and related matters and to advise on steps to be taken and specialist resources to be procured to ensure the Council meets its responsibilities.
- Ensure the Development Management team understands and implements new regulations, legislation, planning policy and guidance at a national, regional and local level
- To develop and maintain a multi-disciplinary and cross service approach to projects and individual cases both on planning related matters and through contributions to corporate working on matters of organisational priority.
- Support the Assistant Director (Planning) in managing the budgeting needs of the Development Management Service in accordance with the Council’s financial management policies, procedures and guidance
- Be responsible for ensuring that appropriate processes are in place for the recruitment, selection, training development, motivation and discipline of staff within the Development Management Team in order to maximise the effective and efficient working of the team
To carry out such other duties as may be required of you, commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility, as directed by management. To participate as required in the Council’s Emergency Planning Operations which may involve duties outside the post holder’s normal job description and contracted hours. In the event that an incident has occurred which disrupts the council’s ability to deliver its critical functions, the post holder will be expected to participate in the recovery stage which may include undertaking duties within the post holder’s competencies in other departments and/or at other locations.
A commitment and contribution to the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy is an essential requirement of the post.
The post holder will carry out all duties and activities having regard to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and in accordance with any instructions from senior members of staff under that Act or any Council or Departmental Codes of Practice or Procedures.
The post holder must ensure that data quality and integrity is maintained and that data is processed in accordance with council policy, the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act and other legislation
The post holder will comply with Statute and Council Policy in all respects.
An awareness and commitment to section 17 which places a statutory duty on police and local authorities to work in partnership to reduce crime and promote community safety. It is also required that community safety is to be a thread running through all functions of the LA
A commitment to excellent customer service and the values of the Council