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Spatial Planning Group Manager

Derby City Council
Council House, Corporation St, Derby
Grade M (£53,389 - £57,792 / 2024 pay award pending)
Closing date
7 May 2024

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Spatial Planning Group Manager

Grade M (£53,389 - £57,792 / 2024 pay award pending)

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced town planner to lead our Spatial Planning Group. This currently consists of two teams:

  • a Planning Policy team which is responsible for local plan preparation, planning policy advice and a range exciting and complex projects, such as taking forward our City Centre Vision, including a Design Guide for the City Centre
  • an Implementation Team which is responsible for negotiating and monitoring s106 Obligations and for conservation, public art and rights of way

This is an opportunity to take on a senior post within the planning service, reporting directly to the Chief Planning Officer and a key part of the services’ management team

Who We Are

Here at Derby City Council, we’re dedicated to delivering nearly 250 first-class services to citizens and businesses in the heart of the Midlands. People are at the centre of all that we do, and we have an outstanding track record of recruiting and developing talented individuals by providing them with varied and fulfilling career opportunities. Find out more about what it’s like to work for us.

What We Offer

You too could be part of something brilliant by becoming a colleague at Derby City Council; in addition to making a difference to the lives of people across the city, you’ll also receive:

  • Flexible work/life balance scheme (depending on your role
  • Hybrid working (depending on your role)
  • Modern office environment (depending on your job location)
  • Continued professional development opportunities & career conversations
  • 27 days annual leave (rising to 32 days after 5 years' service), plus bank holidays (depending on contract)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (depending on contract)
  • Team Derby Rewards – retail and leisure discounts
  • Tusker Car Benefit Scheme
  • Cycle2Work Scheme & free cycle training
  • Employee Assistance Programmes & Support
  • Access to our Equality Employee Networks – LGBTQ+, Disabled Employee Network & Carers and our Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Employee Support Network
  • Support for colleagues who are carers

The Opportunity

In the role of Spatial Planning Group Manager, here’s an example of what you’ll be doing to make an impact:

  • The post holder will provide strategic leadership and management support for the group, including managing its budget, and will lead on joint working with partner authorities, which includes preparing aligned local plans within the Derby Housing Market Area and the preparation of a Joint Minerals and a Joint Waste Local Plan with Derbyshire County Council
  • The post will also provide strategic leadership to the Implementation team, though will not generally be expected to take part directly in negotiating s106 Obligations
  • The post holder will be required to attend our cross party Local Plans Working Group along with occasional attendance at public meetings, Cabinet and Committee meetings and a range of external partnership meetings

About You

To be successful in this role:

  • You should have a degree in Town and Country Planning (or Equivalent) and membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and, ideally, also a qualification in management such as a DMS.
  • You should have a good working knowledge of town planning and related legislation, regulations, policies and good practice, including those relating to placemaking, including the built environment and rights of way functions of the Group.
  • Extensive and up-to-date experience of all aspects of preparing Local Plans, including Examinations in Public, is essential, ideally with recent experience of managing a local plans team.
  • Experience of preparing Minerals and Waste Local Plans, whilst helpful, is not necessary, though you should be able to understand the issues sufficiently to brief key members and officers, particularly as they relate to Derby.
  • You should have a good working knowledge of s106 Obligations and how funds are used to mitigate the impact of development proposals. However, you need not have direct experience of negotiating these.
  • Ideally, you should have experience of managing budgets associated with Local Plan making
  • This post requires initiative and the ability to think creatively and independently. It also requires excellent communication, leadership, negotiation and motivational skills as there will be a need to communicate with a wide variety of people and groups in various situations
  • The post holder will need to be able to travel to various locations around the city and beyond, both to undertake site visits and to attend meetings
  • Whilst we operate a flexible and hybrid approach to working times and work locations, the post holder will be expected to work in the Council House office as required and at least on two days a week. The post holder will also be expected to work occasional evenings and Saturdays

Next Steps

The closing date for this vacancy is at midnight on 7th May 2024. Any applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 20th May at the Council House in Derby.

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