Strategic and Local Planning Manager

Harborough, Leicestershire
Grade 10 (£40,619 to £43,387 per annum)
17 Feb 2017
31 Mar 2017
Manager, Planner
Full Time
Contract Type

Harborough District is situated in rural south Leicestershire and is one of the most prosperous and attractive areas of England. Market Harborough, where the characterful, recently refurbished, Council Offices are situated, was named in the Sunday Times (March 2015) as one of the top best 50 towns to live in the country.

Job title: Strategic and Local Planning Manager

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Status: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week

Grade:Grade 10 (£40,619 to £43,387 per annum)

Car user:Essential plus free car parking

Are you a dynamic, positive and committed planning professional, looking for your next upward career move?  

If this is you, then the exciting opportunity for Strategic and Local Planning Manager at Harborough District Council could be exactly what you are looking for.

The Job

Reporting to the Head of Planning and Regeneration, you will manage, lead and develop the Strategic and Local Planning Service, working in conjunction with key colleagues, partners and stakeholders to ensure a local plan is successfully delivered and all corporate objectives achieved.  

We are preparing a new local plan for the Harborough District which will deliver sustainable development areas including housing and employment growth together with safeguarding the high quality environment of the District.

Working across Leicester and Leicestershire, the role will be integral to the development of a Strategic Growth Plan.

You will also have responsibility for maintaining an up to date Open Space Strategy, overseeing the Council’s approach to securing and monitoring developer contributions and supporting neighbourhood planning in partnership with the communities of the District.

We are seeking an experienced project manager, with a proven track record of delivering complex and challenging projects on time and on budget.

The person

Already a capable and experienced people manager, in addition you will need:

  • To demonstrate your skills in deploying resources to ensure delivery  
  • Experience of leading complex strategic and local planning policy projects to successful conclusion in a local authority
  • Experience in the preparation of and the giving of evidence at Inquiries and formal hearings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; understanding the needs of different audiences
  • Experience of preparing and managing budgets
  • Comprehensive and up to date knowledge of planning legislation and guidance
  • The ability to lead, manage and motivate a professional team, coupled with refined negotiation skills
  • The ability to build strong working relationships with internal and external partners and customers

Membership of RTPI is essential along with a degree in planning or related subject.

For an informal discussion please contact David Atkinson, Head of Planning and Regeneration on 01858 821062 or email Kathryn Parsons, at to make an appointment.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Monday 13th March 2017.  Interviews will be held during the first week in April.  

Desirable criteria from the person specification may be used for sifting purposes.

Should you have any difficulties applying online please e-mail or contact (01858) 821304/7.  CVs will not be accepted.  Please specify which post you are applying for on your application form.

Our preferred method of receipt of application is via the online application form.

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