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Director of Planning

Woking Borough Council
Woking, Surrey
up to £104,507 plus benefits
Closing date
22 Nov 2020

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Director, Planner

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Director of Planning

Salary: up to £104,507 plus benefits​

‘Inspirational’ is often a word associated with Woking. The borough has influenced artists, writers, musicians and business leaders, who have each gone on to create significant moments that have shaped a future rich in culture, sustainable resources and economic success.

That’s because we’ve nurtured a reputation for getting things done, putting residents first and creating the best sustainable environments and opportunities for people and businesses to thrive in. Exciting developments, such as our award-winning museum and gallery, The Lightbox and the soon to be completed Victoria Square, which will bring new housing, jobs and business to the heart of Woking, are powerful symbols of growth. Our public realm has never looked more attractive, but we are always looking forward.

Our current lead for planning is stepping down after a long and successful tenure, so we’re looking for new visionary place-maker to take us into the next phase of Woking’s exciting future. This is a fantastic opportunity in a bold, ‘can do’ authority that is committed to creating sustainable communities in a place with a wide range of development activity. A key member of the Corporate Management Group, you will contribute to the overall direction of the Council and lead the following services, Development Management; Planning Policy; Building Control; Property Services; Asset Management; Business Liaison; and Brookwood Cemetery.

You will be RTPI qualified, with a demonstrable track record in planning and development and an appreciation for the role good design plays in successful place-making. A leader who empowers their teams, you will be future focused, innovative in your thinking and inspirational in advocating for planning.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity please visit or, for a confidential conversation, call Clare Connor (0161 408 0703) or Greg Hayes (07423 243415).


Located in the heart of Surrey yet within 30 minutes of Waterloo station, Woking is one of the leading towns in Surrey. The Council’s forward thinking attitude and pioneering approach to building sustainable communities makes the business of planning both exciting and challenging. Significant growth is planned with an emphasis on ambitious town centre regeneration to compliment recently delivered improvements such as Jubilee Square. By contrast 60% of the borough is designated as Green Belt and benefits from extensive tree cover as well as forming the backdrop to a number of villages which retain much of their historic character. With its combination of attractive green spaces, excellent transport links and a thriving business community, Woking is a quality place to live and work.

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