Planning Services Manager (Development Management)

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    Asset Management

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  • Salary:

    £51439 - £57893 per annum

  • Contact:

    Sean Cloherty

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Purpose of Post:
To lead and manage the Development Management Service - delivering the service in an effective manner and providing quality services and achieving development outcomes
Key Deliverables:
1. To effectively and appropriately develop and manage the client's Area based Development Management teams (dealing with pre-application enquiries, applications and appeals), Planning Enforcement, Conservation & Environment and Planning Administration
2. To ensure that processes and procedures are effective and fit-for-purpose. You will understand what it means to have a productive department, and be able to act on evidence to create a culture of continuous improvement
3. To lead and manage the team in order to process applications, formulate recommendations and make decisions (in accordance with the scheme of delegation) in respect of all types of applications submitted to the Planning Authority.
4. To be responsible for the effective management of the allocated staff, financial and other resources. Your team will deliver to budget, maximise income and maximise the efficiency of what they do
5. To shape the structure of a DM service for the future - ensuring we attract and retain talented staff who will commit to a future working in Huntingdonshire
6. To co-ordinate and ensure the Service provides expert professional planning advice to the client, Members, Town and Parish Councils and other external organisations.
7. To represent the Development Management Service to external organisations and to be the lead planning officer at the client's Development Management Panel and the S.106 Advisory Group.

Knowledge and Qualifications
  • A Degree or Diploma in Planning
  • Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • A management qualification (or evidence of recent managerial development)


  • Proven success in acting as case officer for major planning applications.
  • Proven success in leading a team of Development Management Officers, and able to show they can attract and retain a great team
  • Experience of leading, developing, supporting and empowering staff.
  • Gives guidance to a wide range of people and organisations on complex issues showing political sensitivity in the widest sense
  • Able to deal with complex negotiations, to manage conflict and provide innovative solutions

Skills and Abilities

  • Understand and interpret legislation, case law, and regulations
  • Gains confidence of others and be capable of influencing and persuading both orally and in writing.
  • Have highly effective presentation and communication skills, and be able to build relationships with Councillors, employees and the wider world.