Dartford Borough Council

Principal Planner, Major Projects

Dartford, Kent
£46,00 to £49,000
26 Oct 2020
23 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Principal

Do you love working on a variety of large/medium and complex planning applications? Do you have an expertise and interest in design or wish to develop your design skills?  This may be the job for you.  Due to internal promotion, a vacancy has arisen in our Major Projects Team. We wish to strengthen our design capabilities and are offering the opportunity for a fully-funded part-time MA in Urban Design to the successful candidate.

Located on the edge of London, we have exciting proposals to transform Dartford Town Centre sympathetically to its historic character, a range of employment, community and residential schemes coming forward, as well as an array of infrastructure projects to support the high level of growth taking place. We have a 5 Year housing land supply in place and strong housing delivery, including a programme of direct build Council housing.   Preparation of our new Local Plan is well-progressed and we are determined to ensure that Dartford can be its ‘best self’, with place-making firmly on the agenda.

As part of our expanding Major Projects Team, you will determine the largest and most complex applications in the Borough and provide the Council’s response to development in the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation area.  You will ensure that the development coming forward is co-ordinated and the overall outcome is better than the sum of its parts.  You will need to ensure that local communities benefit from the opportunities that new development brings but, also, that the valued elements of the local environment are protected and enhanced. 

We are looking for an experienced and qualified Town Planner with strong professional skills, experience of dealing with very large and complex urban developments and expertise or an interest in urban design.  If you do not yet have a design qualification, we can fund and support you in obtaining one.  Experience of responding to masterplans and design and layout of large-scale developments is required and experience of dealing with planning applications for high density urban developments will be an advantage.  You will also be familiar within infill development in a tight urban environment and where built heritage issues are involved. A good understanding of planning legislation is essential.  You will have strong negotiating skills and the ability to develop good partnership working. 

The successful applicant will join a professional, experienced and efficient team which is ambitious in striving for positive outcomes.  We have a mutually supportive and sociable team culture. Development Management, Planning Policy and Planning Administration are well integrated with each other and striving to achieve common goals. 

We would be interested to hear from candidates who have the required skills and are excited by the opportunities Dartford has to offer.  If you would like to speak to someone about this post please contact Sonia Bunn, tel no: 01322 343620

Closing date: 23 November 2020

Interviews will be held on 9 December 2020


Career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, flexible working including some remote working, free on-site parking, employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement. Opportunity for fully-funded MA in Urban Design.

The Council’s offices are in a highly accessible location, next to Dartford station with frequent services from Central London (Oyster Card coverage) and North Kent.  Road connections via the M25 and A2 are also excellent.

The Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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