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Head of Planning

Woking Borough Council
Woking, Surrey
£74,540 to £88,609 + benefits + vehicle allowance
Closing date
7 Aug 2022
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£74,540 to £88,609 plus flexible benefits allowance of £3,731 and vehicle allowance of £2,600

Permanent, Full Time

Working Pattern: Flexible (37 hours per week)

Location: Woking

This is an exciting time to be joining a forward-thinking and ambitious Council committed to continual change and modernisation and ensuring the needs of all residents, businesses and visitors are met. Woking’s defining characteristics are its diverse and multicultural communities and its vibrant town centre and distinctive villages. We put residents first, committed to creating the best sustainable environments in which people and businesses thrive.

The Planning Service is key to the Council’s ability to guide and manage the future development of the Borough, impacting on the quality of place experienced by residents, businesses, workers, and visitors for generations to come. We’ve just completed a planning peer review which has endorsed the quality and success of our service with an excellent track record of delivery. A review of the Local Plan will take place in 2023 and precede the commencement of work of a new Local Plan in place for 2027.

Reporting into the Strategic Director – Place, you will take responsibility for planning service including planning policy, development management and building control. You will want to build on our success to date, delivering on the actions set out as part of the planning peer review and providing excellence in customer care. As a key member of the new Directorate leadership team, you will work across the organisation and with external partners to secure our place ambitions. As the Council’s lead adviser on planning matters, you will be advising senior officers and members on key matters. As a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, you will be able to demonstrate a track record of delivery and management experience.

We can offer you the chance to develop your career in a friendly team within our progressive authority, a generous flexi-time scheme with the ability to take two flexi days a month, membership of the local government pension scheme, discounted health and leisure membership, plus many more excellent benefits.

As we emerge from the Covid pandemic, a hybrid approach to working from home and being in the office is encouraged.

For an informal conversation on this post, contact Giorgio Framalicco, Strategic Director – Place, at

Apply by clicking in the 'Apply Button'

Closing date: 7th August 2022

Interviews will take place during week commencing 5 September.




Located in the heart of Surrey yet within 30 minutes of Waterloo station, Woking is one of the leading towns in Surrey. The Council’s forward thinking attitude and pioneering approach to building sustainable communities makes the business of planning both exciting and challenging. Significant growth is planned with an emphasis on ambitious town centre regeneration to compliment recently delivered improvements such as Jubilee Square. By contrast 60% of the borough is designated as Green Belt and benefits from extensive tree cover as well as forming the backdrop to a number of villages which retain much of their historic character. With its combination of attractive green spaces, excellent transport links and a thriving business community, Woking is a quality place to live and work.

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