Principal Planning Officer - upto £49,542

Central Bedfordshire Council
Shefford, Bedfordshire
upto £49,542 inc MRS
12 Apr 2019
12 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Team: Planning Delivery
Salary: £42,789 to £46,542 plus MRS of £3,000
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week
Current Base Location: Shefford, Bedfordshire
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Apply with a CV by 14th May 2019. We reserve the right to interview and appoint before the closing date. 

There’s more than one reason why we believe Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. Our attractive market towns and beautiful villages surrounded by stunning countryside, all boosted by a prime location, great transport links and a high performing economy are all part of what makes us great.

Our Local Plan has always been about more than planning just for homes and jobs. It’s about creating communities. This means planning for new and improved roads and transport infrastructure; and new community facilities and services, such as schools, nurseries, shops, sport and leisure facilities.

We believe we can deliver up to 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years and this level of growth is sustainable. This is in addition to the 23,000 homes that are already allocated or have planning permission. Our aim is to deliver the growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Central Bedfordshire and delivers infrastructure and services to support it.

In our Planning Delivery team we work hard to enable Central Bedfordshire to grow and thrive in a sustainable way. We want to make our area a great place to live and work, and somewhere companies choose to invest. As a Principal Planning Officer, you will play a big part in achieving this vision. With businesses and communities depending on your skills, you will find your greatness using your professional expertise in leading projects and managing major planning applications to achieve high quality developments.

Your role

You will be responsible for giving definitive advice for the Council. It’s a varied, challenging role where you’ll resolve complex strategic projects; act as a witness in planning appeals and negotiate legal agreements. You’ll also manage a caseload of high value major planning applications and work across the full range of Planning disciplines. With everyone from Councillors to developers looking to you for specialist guidance, it’s vital that you understand and uphold best practice.

Your responsibilities

  • Acting as Case Officer for major and complex planning applications and appeals including residential and large-scale commercial developments
  • Taking a proactive project management approach to proposals from pre-application stage to delivery
  • Presenting and explaining applications to the Council’s Development Management Committee
  • Applying local and national policy to ensure developments create high quality and sustainable places
  • Presenting evidence in planning appeals

Your Qualifications, Skills And Experience

You will have a degree (or equivalent) in Town Planning, be a member of the Royal Town Planning institute and have significant planning experience working in a local authority on planning applications.

With good political and commercial awareness, and strong communication skills, you will have a gift for influencing others and leading partnerships and be committed to evidence-based decision making.

Your Benefits

Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack

There are excellent opportunities for career progression within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.

Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Shaun Lewis at our retained consultants Lewis Davey on 07789 371470 or you can apply with a CV at

There is further information available about this role by clicking on the following link.

For applicants with large strategic scale DM experience we are also recruiting for a Strategic Projects Manager

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

Closing Date - 14th May *

*We reserve the right to interview suitably qualified candidates before the closing date so do not delay in sending through your CV. Apply today!

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