Major Projects Planner (Development Management)

24 Jul 2019
21 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Purpose of the Job:

To have lead responsibility for the handling of a full range of development management matters of strategic/significant importance to the borough: pre-application advice, planning applications and appeals.

To work collaboratively with others, promoting a culture of positive planning, by negotiating with developers and other interested parties to secure positive outcomes on planning and other applications and securing financial and other community benefits through legal agreements.

To have lead responsibility for negotiating and securing significant community benefits for the authority as part of the planning application process, to take the lead role as necessary on planning appeals, particularly Public Inquiries.

To achieve timely, effective planning outcomes which uphold the Council's Core Values and meet the challenges of providing a cost-effective and customer friendly planning service.

To deputise for senior managers as required.

To ensure statutory and legal obligations are delivered and communicated in a customer focussed manner, optimising available responses.

To act as an expert on issues related to the functional area.

To assist with performance management of the service.

Service Specific Accountabilities:

To be responsible for ensuring that major/strategic planning projects are delivered in a timely, cost effective and customer focused manner.

To take personal responsibility for the management and delivery of a full range of development management case work, applications, advice and appeals within an area based team and ensure effective negotiation to secure through S.106 legal agreements, financial and other community benefits in line with the Council's policies and objectives.

To be accountable to the Team Leader for achieving agreed service outcomes and personal appraisal targets and, in addition to the specific duties in this job profile, to also undertake specialist diverse projects of a Corporate nature and the lead on the implementation of innovative solutions.

To be responsible for managing diverse projects from conception through to implementation, monitoring and evaluation when required.

To be responsible for preparing and presenting high level complex reports on behalf of the Council on issues relevant to the Service area.

To carry out duties in accordance with the Council's equalities policies related to both staff management and service delivery.

To be responsible for reviewing quality of service, taking statutory, legal, procedural and policy issues into account for the achievement of the Unit's objectives.

To be responsible for initiating strategic policy initiatives in order to meet the continuing changing demands of the Service.

To be responsible for managing special research and/or corporate initiatives undertaken by the team.

Work Related Experience:

Extensive post qualification experience in Development Management.

Experience of negotiation on complex applications to secure community benefits

Experience of providing services to customers and being accountable for these services.

Experience of developing and/or implementing service improvements projects including understanding of quality assurance systems.

Experience of ensuring the delivery of planning projects and/or Development Management functions within agreed timescales and with quality outcomes.


Knowledge of planning law and procedures as it relates to complex applications (including applications with Environmental Impact Assessments) and appeals.

Knowledge of financial issues relevant to complex planning applications and projects.


Post Graduate qualification in Town Planning and membership of, or eligibility for, the RTPI. (Mandatory Criteria)

Ability to demonstrate planning experience across a range of work areas. Experience of mentoring staff.

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