Head of Planning Policy
Malvern Hills District Council is a forward-thinking, proactive and successful Local Planning Authority situated in accessible, exceptionally attractive countryside within South Worcestershire. We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Development Manager who will thrive on the challenge of managing a varied caseload of planning applications and appeals and lead one of two effective and well respected teams.
We share a Chief Executive and a joint senior management team with Wychavon District Council. Both councils remain independent organisations with their own political structures and district identities, but joint working arrangements allow us to work efficiently and maximise opportunities to achieve efficiencies, maintain resilience and deliver a high quality service to our customers.
We are looking to recruit and develop the very best talent we can find. That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits including flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a local government pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development and discounted gym membership.
Development Manager (Planning)
Fixed term contract up to 13 months (Maternity Cover)
37 hours per week - £37,890 - £41,881 per annum
HELP SHAPE OUR VISION FOR MALVERN HILLS DISTRICT
The Malvern Hills District is already an amazing place, a place of unique history and exceptional landscape quality, yet also a place of significant opportunity. We want the District to be somewhere everyone thrives. Delivering on the area’s growth potential is critical to that vision. As a Development Manager you will play a key role in shaping the District, balancing our strong emphasis on growth with the need to conserve and enhance our rich natural and built heritage.
About the role -
Great planning and development is vital to our vision for the District. We need a customer focused, creative and proactive Development Manager to help catalyse growth and create a real sense of place.
The successful candidate will need to be confident in their own ability and have a good understanding of current planning legislation. Good communication skills and an ability to engage with a range of stakeholders is essential. You will process and assess a caseload of varied planning applications, preparing reports, dealing with appeals and general correspondence and provide pre-application advice on the telephone, by email and face to face. You will be in regular contact with applicants, agents, members of the public and other users of the service, you must be committed to delivering an outstanding service to all our customers and will need to support the Head of Planning Services in the continuous improvement of a high performing service.
About you –
For the role of Development Manager you will need to be a natural leader and ideally have experience of dealing with major category planning applications, complex appeals and have a strong track record of negotiating S106 legal agreements and securing high quality design. You will have full Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) membership and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continual professional development (CPD).
You will have comprehensive and up to date knowledge of planning law and practice, be educated to degree level with a recognised qualification in town planning, as well as full RTPI Membership.
You must have good computer literacy and be able to use MS Office, property databases and GIS systems.
The ability to work under pressure and manage a caseload of complex/contentious planning applications is essential. This is a demanding role, but an exciting challenge for the right candidate, therefore you must be committed and have a desire to succeed and develop your skills within the role.
You will be required to attend regular evening Planning Committee meetings and undertake site visits so flexibility, a full driving licence and use of a car is essential.
You will also need to be able to travel throughout the district.
Excellent presentation and communication skills, an appreciation of good design, the ability to negotiate planning obligations within tight deadlines, outstanding customer care, strong computer skills and a commitment to supporting performance improvement.
We are looking for an experienced individual who is able to successfully lead a team, providing valuable contributions with a friendly approach.
You must have relevant experience in Development Management, ideally gained in a local authority (although this is not essential).
If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Duncan Rudge (Head of Planning Services) on 01684 862318.
Closing Date: Sunday 30 May 2021
Interview Date: Wednesday 9 June 2021