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Senior Planner (Planning Policy)

Kirklees Council
Civic Centre 1, Huddersfield
£37,890 - £39,880
Closing date
1 Aug 2021

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and committed Senior Planner to join our fast paced Planning Policy team. The Kirklees Local Plan sets ambitious housing and employment targets which we are excited to achieve. We know we need to deliver new homes and jobs to create the communities of the future and further our potential within the Leeds City Region whilst ensuring the creation of high quality places. Simultaneously, we need to address the challenges of climate change and support the implementation of our ambitious programme for the regeneration of our town centres.

The Kirklees district is a highly diverse place to live and work. It is strategically placed within the Leeds City Region and we are actively working to maximise the opportunities that this brings to our area. Good transport connections exist to the Greater Manchester and Sheffield City Regions and future improvements through the Trans Pennine upgrade will further enhance Kirklees as a key location. We have the thriving University town of Huddersfield, stunning Pennine countryside and significant numbers of heritage assets. Diverse towns and villages range from Dewsbury at the edge of Leeds to Holmfirth at the edge of the Peak District.

Reporting to one of our Planning Policy Team Leaders, the Senior Planner role will be responsible for leading complex policy projects, providing advice to Development Management on complex planning applications and acting as the Council’s expert witness at appeals as well as supporting your Team Leader and deputising in the day to day management of the Team. The role is likely to focus on town centre regeneration projects initially as we embark on an ambitious regeneration programme working closely with colleagues in our Town Centre Regeneration Service. Your ability to take opportunities to ensure an effective policy framework through project management of evidence documents, policy formulation and implementation is important to us, alongside sound project management and leadership skills. You will also have a key role in the review of the Local Plan.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the majority of staff are continuing to work from home at present.

If you would like more information on this post, please contact Steven Wright (Planning Policy Group Leader) or Johanna Scrutton (Planning Policy Team Leader) on 01484 221000.

Closing date  

01 August 2021, 11:55 PM



For more information and to apply for this role, please visit Senior Planner - Planning Policy - Kirklees Council (


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