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Planning Services Manager (Development Management)

Huntingdonshire District Council
£51,439 - £57,893
Closing date
24 Oct 2021

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Manager, Planner
Development Control, Planning
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Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is passionate about providing high quality services to our communities, residents and businesses and this means we need to employ and retain the most talented and dedicated people. Situated within the heart of the Cambridge-Peterborough Growth Area, Huntingdonshire is a beautiful district that boasts thriving market towns and many attractive villages, each with its own identity. We are an innovative and forward-thinking Local Authority whose residents are at the heart of our decision making.

About the role

Our Development Management Service is a key team for us. Reporting directly into the Chief Operating Officer this post will be vital in taking this team forward. You’ll be leading a substantial planning team and supported by Team Leaders drawn from each of the key service areas within Development Management, Planning Enforcement, Conservation & Environment and Planning Administration. You’ll also play your part in the wider corporate landscape – working in projects and initiatives that will make a difference to our customers and your colleagues. This role will work with Strategic Growth, Directors, Politicians and other teams who are working to make Huntingdonshire a great place to live, work and invest in.

The role offers you the chance to get hands on in planning matters for the benefit of our District. You’d expect that, but it will also stretch you in developing our team. A future that shows increased productivity, better career pathways for our talented team and genuine innovation will be things that excite and challenge you.

About you

You’ll be a highly motivated individual who:

  • Enjoys working in planning. You will want to leave a positive legacy in the District and play your role in shaping our place for the benefit of our communities.
  • When you need to play your part at a senior level on key planning matters, you’ll be able to make decisions, demonstrating your professional competency and credibility to all stakeholders.
  • Can develop a team who are capable, confident and able to continuously improve. In doing this you’ll be someone who can delegate, empower and enable your team. Has an eye for opportunity, can maximise income from the service and enable innovation.
  • Can work with other teams to maximise the impact they can have on your service, whether that’s colleagues in Transformation, Finance, HR or the wider team who are working on the Place Agenda in Huntingdonshire. You won’t be on your own, you’ve got lots of support to help you achieve your objectives.
  • Is capable and confident talking to politicians. You will have direct access to a Portfolio Holder for your service area – so you’ll have a voice right at the top of the organisation.

About us and what we offer you

Huntingdonshire offers a lot. Our values matter to us. We want to employ staff who embody our icare values (Inspiring, Collaborative, Accountable, Respectful, Enterprising) all of which support our purpose of putting customers first. When we talk to you, expect us to explore how you deliver these values – so we can be sure you’ll fit with what we are delivering!

We’ve got a great team. Like many we’ve faced some tough times recently but we are emerging and are looking for the right candidate to help us continue our progression. You’ll be seeing further recruitment into this team, and, in the next few weeks we’ll be pushing out to complete the management group and you’ll help build your team. You will have freedom to act, you will be supported and if you are interested in progressing further in your career then we’d love to support your longer-term ambitions.

TO APPLY A full job description along with details of how to apply can be downloaded from our website at

Should you have any additional questions regarding submitting an application, please contact our Recruitment Business Partner [email protected]  . If you want to talk to someone about the role please call John Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, on 07810 637522

Closing date for completed applications is midnight 24th October and interviews will be held on the 1st or 2nd Nov and be onsite at our offices in Huntingdon.

We work on a flexible basis, which includes working from home and flexi time opportunities, but candidates should be within commutable distance of Huntingdon so they can work closely with their teams in our modern, purpose built offices. It is anticipated that this will require you being in the office circa 2 days per week.

At HDC we seek to employ candidates from a range of backgrounds in order to bring diversity of thought and make our organisation more innovative. We are seeking candidates who are looking for their next permanent opportunity on a full time, part time or condensed hours basis. We will consider any flexible arrangements and are a supportive employer enabling our staff to work in an environment that produces high standards of work in an employee led environment. We also offer a highly competitive Local Government Pension Scheme and provide an array of services, networks and training to support your health and wellbeing as well as generous holiday entitlement dependent upon length of service.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our recruitment and along with our values we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued; there is equality of opportunity and all areas of the community we serve are represented. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.

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