Planning Team Leader

Folkestone, Kent
Up to £50,000 per annum (For an exceptional candidate, the salary is negotiable)
23 Sep 2019
21 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Team Leader

As one of our two Planning Team Leaders you’ll be responsible for the day to day management of the Strategic Projects Development Management Team as well as dealing with your own caseload of strategic scale applications. You’ll be enthusiastic and a natural at motivating and developing others.

You’ll be a proactive problem solver with sound judgement, significant experience in Development Management and major applications and an ability to hit the ground running. 

These roles also attract a relocation package for candidates, an excellent public sector pension scheme and an employee discount scheme offering great discounts with many national retailers.

Experience the extraordinary with a move to Folkestone and Hythe District Council (F&HDC).

This is an exciting time to join us and make a difference. Our mission is to create a world class quality environment in which people want to work and live. We have a range of exciting and ambitious major projects coming forward, which include a brand-new garden town settlement at Otterpool Park and the regeneration of Folkestone town centre, harbour and seafront. We are investing and growing our team now by creating new exciting and challenging roles to ensure we deliver outstanding place-making and delivering growth and prosperity for the district to ensure we realise our aspirations.

Why F&HDC?

  • Fast-track your career development by working on a range of high-profile, exciting projects with unique challenges and opportunities
  • Enjoy working or living within a unique and attractive area; Folkestone and Hythe’s beautiful coastline and countryside and the creative cosmopolitan town of Folkestone, which is only 54 minutes from Central London by high speed rail, 30 minutes to the beautiful city of Canterbury by car and 35 minutes to France by Eurostar
  • Take advantage of a workplace that truly embraces and encourages flexible working to achieve an enviable work/life balance
  • Excellent opportunities for further training and career growth

About you

You will:

  • be experienced planner who is commercially minded and focussed on place-making
  • have a track record of successfully leading major development projects through the planning system and delivering high quality, sustainable development
  • possess outstanding technical knowledge, have excellent communication skills and be able to lead teams
  • have suitable experience from either the public or the private sector (or a mix of both) and have experience in dealing with a wide range of planning and related applications, including major applications and complex large majors for the Principal and Team Leader roles
  • be experienced in appearing at public inquiries and/or informal hearings
  • be educated to degree level
  • hold a professionally recognised planning qualification and either be a member of the RTPI or be eligible for membership of the RTPI

This is an exciting time to join us as we embark on this significant period of growth and development. If you have the passion, expertise and necessary skills to make a difference at this point in our history, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion about any of the available roles please contact:


Contact Info: Matthew Lees – 0203 849 2792 or via

To apply, please visit

Closing Date: 14th October 2019

Interview Date: 29th October & 1st November 2019

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