About the role

Head of Planning & Strategic Housing • up to £66k

In April 2019, the Council re-organised its management structure and created 12 new Head of Service posts, of which this role is one. We're a relatively lean organisation in size, but consistently perform well. We have recently undergone a Peer Review with the outcome expected shortly. We are ambitious to grow and diversify the District's economy, to build around 12,000 new homes – including affordable options – and have recently delivered the first new council housing in a generation. We have a new Corporate Plan in place and are just embarking on revisions to our Local Plan – informally, we describe ourselves as being 'open for business'.

So well-managed growth and development are absolutely central to the District's future success and we want to appoint an ambitious, customer-focused and inspirational head of service who grasps its importance. MRTPI qualified, you will be the Council’s lead authority on planning matters and thrive in an environment where you are accountable for the continued improvement and performance of your service. Leading a multi-disciplined team, you will be responsible for the delivery of our Local Plan for one of the fastest growing Districts in the country, work collaboratively with partners to delivery our commitments for climate change, respond proactively to a high local demand for more housing provision across the District and continue a transformation programme to make your services more accessible to residents, business and partners. Volumes of work have been steadily increasing in recent years, reflecting our attractiveness as a place to live, visit and invest, and we have responded by introducing new management systems.

We want to hear from experienced planning professionals, capable of leading on all planning matters for the senior management team, elected members and partners. Your knowledge, gravitas and credibility will be immediately obvious, and you'll have experience of playing a lead role in advising a Planning Committee. Calm, confident and collaborative, you'll influence deftly across organisational boundaries, working particularly closely with Housing and Economic Development colleagues. A deep understanding of how to work with developers and other agencies, such as Homes England and our local Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2), will be essential, and a good working knowledge of strategic housing is a definite asset. You'll be an inspirational leader with a track record of making a difference for residents, partners, business and the teams you have managed.


We want to appoint a head of service who understands the crucial importance of growth and development.

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