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Team Leader Planning Policy

Walsall Council
Walsall, West Midlands (Blended working from home/office)
Salary G11: £42,614 - £47,665 per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2022
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Team Leader Planning Policy
Salary G11: £42,614 - £47,665 per annum

We are looking for a highly motivated Team Leader to join our Planning Policy Team within the Planning & Building Control Service area. Various opportunities have arisen as part of our Service Transformation Plan that will strengthen our teams to help deliver an excellent service to our customers. 

Walsall is a regional town with a rich history and a bright future with potential to deliver significant development and investment projects and is working in collaboration with the West Midlands Combined Authority and other public partners to deliver regeneration projects. Walsall Council has been awarded £11.4m from central government for the Future High Street Fund Programme to help deliver a Connected Gateway project to enable the delivery of two of the Town Centre Masterplan interventions; Transforming the Rail Station and Connected Hubs and Walsall and Bloxwich town areas stand to benefit from £21.3m each of Town Deal funding through the governments Towns Fund programme to deliver urban regeneration, green transport and economic growth outcomes.

The Site Allocation Document, Walsall Town Centre Area Action Plan and the emerging Draft Black Country Plan seeks to deliver growth and regeneration through delivery of new housing, employment and infrastructure.

You must be able to demonstrate relevant experience in planning policy and have excellent communication and customer service skills. The role includes leading and managing a team of strategic planning policy officers responsible for the preparation, monitoring, review and application of statutory planning strategy, maintaining a strategic overview of regeneration activity, and representing Walsall’s interests in national, regional and sub-regional planning and regeneration policy issues.

You will lead the formulation of planning strategy, principally the preparation, monitoring and review of all formal documents which form part of the Local Development Plan, with particular regard to those areas of specialism and be able to deputise for the Head of Planning & Building Control or Group Manager Planning as required.

Leadership, negotiation and organisational skills are key to this role and you will also need to demonstrate excellent IT skills especially the use of MS Office.

You will need to be a qualified Town Planner or have a post-graduate level qualification in a related discipline and be eligible for full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  The post is politically restricted.

We are committed to attracting and retaining the very best staff and utilising all the talent and experience available. We recognise the importance of helping our employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements that enable them to balance their working life with other priorities. Walsall Council also supports employee learning and career development.

Benefits include:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Blended working from home/office
  • Membership of Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave and flexi leave entitlement plus Bank Holidays

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

If you would like further information on this role, please call Mike Brereton, Group Manager Planning on 01922 654753.

Apply by clicking on the 'Apply Button'

Closing Date for applications: 28 July 2022.

Interview date: TBA

This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.  The post holder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English.


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