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Career Graded Planning Officer (ID3797)

Manchester City Council
Town Hall Extension in the centre of Manchester
This is a career graded post (Grade 6-8)
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

Career Graded Planning Officer (ID:3797)

Working Hours: 35 Hours per week

Contract Type: Full-Time, Permanent (x2)

This role is subject to -

Qualification - A recognised Planning Qualification and/or significant knowledge and experience of working in Development Management

This is a career graded post (Grade 6-8) - Your starting grade is subject to demonstration of competency at each grade as set out in the attached Role profile. 

Manchester is one of the world’s greatest cities. A city with a reputation for innovation.  A reputation for creativity. A thriving regional economy and a proud sense of identity. We are a city with a rich history, a vibrant present-day, and much to look forward to in the future.

This is an opportunity to play a key role in shaping this dynamic modern city. The role is within the Central Development Management Team of the Manchester Planning Service – a high profile, frontline service within the City Council.  We are looking for a talented, ambitious town planner, who is committed to Manchester, and its vision, in order to realise outcomes for our residents, businesses and visitors. 

The Central Team is responsible for the implementation of the Council's planning policies for the ongoing physical regeneration of the City Centre.  We have a number of nationally significant development areas including Corridor Manchester, First Street, Great Jackson Street and Piccadilly East as part of meeting our housing and economic growth objectives. 

The team is also responsible for managing the growth of the City Centre into a number of strategically important regeneration areas, including Victoria North, Strangeways, Ancoats and New Islington, Holt Town and the Etihad Campus, in order to create great places that bring people and communities together, attract investment and ensure that Manchester continues to thrive. 

To discuss the role, please contact Jennifer Atkinson (Principal Planning Manager) on 0161 234 4517 or

About the Candidate

Candidates would help ensure that new developments are in line with Council priorities, ensuring the highest standard of design together with meeting Manchester’s ambitious target of being a Zero Carbon City by 2038. 

Working closely with the Planning Service’s Urban Design, Heritage and Sustainability Team, the role would also require knowledge and understanding of historic buildings, other designated assets and climate objectives, together with relevant legislation, to ensure the City’s growth responds positively to the historic environment and climate change objectives. 

The role would be office based in the Town Hall Extension in the centre of Manchester with candidates expected to undertake site visits, where initiative and professional judgement would need to be demonstrated in order to make sound planning decisions. 

Extensive engagement with elected members, residents, businesses and other stakeholders including heritage organisations would be a key requirement of the role in order to provide high levels of performance, customer service and deliver high quality development proposals in Manchester. There would also be close liaison with other council services to support corporate objectives and Council projects and initiatives.

To progress through the career grade, candidates would be expected to carry out all functions of Development Management, working under limited supervision and dealing with complex planning matters and negotiations.  In addition, candidates should be able to lead on strategic projects and Council priorities together with managing and supervising other officers in the delivery of planning related activities.

As this is a career graded role, candidates would be expected to show personal commitment to continuous self-development and service improvement in order to progress successfully. 

To apply click on the 'Apply Button'

Closing Date: 21 June 2024.

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