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Service Manager – Development Management 

Employer
Worcester City Council
Location
Worcester
Salary
Grade: TM2 (£46,275 to £50,334)
Closing date
7 Jun 2022
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Service Manager – Development Management

Location: Worcester

Grade: TM2 (£46,275 to £50,334)

About us

Welcome to Worcester City Council

Work for Worcester - help us transform the city

It is a very exciting time to join Worcester City Council as we move forward with our ambitious plans for the city. We have been extremely successful in attracting over £40m of Government funding and we are working to help deliver multi-million pound regeneration schemes.

We are passionate about our city, committed to seeking excellence in everything we do and want to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit. Looking ahead we are committed to making Worcester a unique tourist destination. Worcester offers a high quality of life with award winning parks, excellent university and schools and diverse range of shops and restaurants. The city enjoys a strong sporting reputation based on topflight cricket, rugby and basketball clubs, and a centrally located racecourse.

We are also very serious about our commitment to the environment and the need to ensure our beautiful city is conserved but is ready to meet the needs of future generations. This is a key theme for us as we lead our communities through a post-pandemic recovery and beyond.

To deliver our aspirations for the city, to meet high levels of housing need including affordable housing, provide new employment space, new and improved infrastructure and community facilities all whilst protecting and enhancing the environment and adapting to climate change we need a talented Service Manager to lead our development management service and help make this happen.

As an organisation not only are we progressive and innovative but we also offer a very supportive environment for our staff where they are encouraged to develop their skills and take full advantage of every opportunity, to grow and make the most of their talents.

If you can match our ambitions and want to share in our vision to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit, we really would love to hear from you.

Benefits to you:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Agile/remote working arrangements,
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme,
  • Support for training and professional development,
  • Benefits package incl. subsidised leisure facilities, discounts for national stores,
  • Offices within a five minutes’ walk from train station

The role

Are you an experienced planner with significant development management and team leadership experience looking for exciting new opportunities to advance your career?

As the Service Manager – Development Management you will need to ensure that the city council effectively discharges its statutory duties to consider and determine planning and related applications, to ensure that decisions are of the highest quality and meet relevant national and local performance measures. The postholder will be expected to ensure that the city council effectively defends development management decisions including those relating to planning enforcement. You will have line management responsibility for the development management team including planning enforcement and conservation of the built and natural environment including archaeology. Where appropriate the service manager will handle and/or advise upon a small caseload of major planning applications/ appeals that may be of a strategic nature.

As the Service Manager you will ensure high standards in the provision of advice and written reports to council committees, elected members and other stakeholders and generally assist and support the Head of Planning in the preparation, implementation, administration and monitoring of service plans and related performance management frameworks to support a culture of continuous improvement.

Key Requirements

  • Chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development for yourself and those that you lead
  • Degree or equivalent in Town and Country Planning or a related subject
  • A minimum of five years’ experience of local government Development Management post-professional accreditation including at a senior level with direct management and leadership experience. Substantial experience of handling major complex and contentious planning and related applications including those of a strategic nature, negotiating complex s106 legal agreements and improvements to design quality and giving evidence at appeal public inquiries.

Skills & Experience

As a highly experienced planning officer and manager you should have relevant Town and Country Planning or equivalent qualifications and experience in order to lead an effective customer focussed development management team. You should be able to demonstrate substantial experience of determining complex and contentious major planning applications including those relating to significant urban regeneration and of a strategic nature, within a local government environment.

Additional Information

For more information about this role please contact Duncan Rudge – Head of Planning tel. 01905 722419 or email duncan.rudge@worcester.gov.uk

Closing date: Tuesday 7th June 2022

Interview date: Thursday 16th June 2022

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