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Deputy Planning Team Leader

St Albans District Council
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Up to £45k per annum plus benefits
Closing date
17 Jan 2019
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Planning & Building Control

Inclusive salary up to £45k per year (inc. of market supplement and car allowance)

Plus up to 18.5% employer pension contribution

Ref: P1391

St Albans is a unique English Cathedral City with a colourful history which can be seen in the Roman remains and variety of beautiful architecture, heritage sites and conservation areas.  Set within Green Belt, off the M25, A1M and M1 the District includes a cathedral, historic city centre, market town and charming villages.  Our refurbished offices are in the city centre near to the Thameslink station (London St Pancras 20 minutes and Luton Parkway 11 minutes), shops and restaurants. In short it is a great place to live and work.

We are looking for a talented individual to assist the Area Team Leaders in the management of our Area Teams and contribute to the delivery of a customer focused service. An experienced senior planner, ideally with project management and/or experience of dealing with complex planning applications, you will join our Development Management Team, which deals with over 3,500 planning applications a year.

As one of the busiest Planning Authorities in the country, with a draft Strategic Plan identifying major development in the Green Belt, and plans to redevelop the city centre, it’s an exciting time to join us.

You will take a lead on the consideration and negotiation of complex planning applications to facilitate the implementation of the Local Plan, and provide professional expertise at Committees, Planning Appeals and Enforcement cases as required. This includes making delegated decisions, presenting to committees and engaging with colleagues, Councillors and other stakeholders to ensure the right planning outcome. 

With Chartered membership of the RTPI and considerable experience in the field, you will work on a range of planning cases involving Conservation Areas, Listed Building and large developments. Excellent negotiation skills and a flexible approach to work are essential to this post.

This post is Politically Restricted and subject to a Basic Disclosure Check.

We offer a competitive package which includes essential user car allowance, flexitime or flexible working e.g. compressed hours, partial homeworking, pension scheme, learning and development opportunities, up to 31 days annual leave (dependent on length of service), reimbursement of professional fees and leisure and travel discounts.

For an informal discussion, please contact Linda Middleton, Transformation Manager on (01727) 819401. 

For full details and to apply, please visit our website at

Closing date: 17 January 2019.

Interviews are scheduled for:  25 January 2019.


St Albans City and District is an historic area incorporating the cathedral city of St Albans, a largely residential town of Harpenden and several attractive villages set in a predominantly agricultural landscape covering an area of 63 square miles, with a population of approximately 129,000. With a variety of leisure facilities, plenty of green spaces and easy access to London and the M25, it is a great place to live and work.

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