Head of Planning, Regeneration and Development

Dover, Kent
£62,433 to £70,650 per annum + £5869 car allowance + relocation, if required
14 Jan 2019
11 Feb 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Head of Planning, Regeneration and Development


  • Exciting opportunity to lead the Planning function in one of the UK’s most high-profile areas
  • Deliver projects ranging from new housing, to town centre regeneration, and investment in leisure & tourism
  • Full backing from the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council to drive internal change

Dover is a high-profile district where the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU will continue to draw national and international attention. It is also an area of transformational change and is part  way through an exciting development and regeneration agenda, designed to strengthen the local economy, create new local jobs, and deliver housing growth. This historic part of the Kent coastline has the capacity to attract business and leisure alike. The beautiful coastal towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich are seeing increasing visitor numbers, and with that comes a higher quality of life and improved facilities for the district’s residents.

This is an exciting time to be considering a career with Dover District Council.  We may be a relatively small local authority but we punch well above our weight! As the closest part of the UK to mainland Europe, Dover is a global brand.  No matter where you go in the world, everyone knows where Dover is.  The White Cliffs, Dover Castle and the Port of Dover are iconic symbols of our status as the Gateway to Europe and Britain’s frontline town. Along with the coastal towns of Deal and Sandwich - and the rural hinterland - the Dover district has much to offer as a place to live, work and play. You’ll also find outstanding schools, including three state grammar schools, and two independent boarding schools.

As well as a great past reflected in its rich heritage, Dover has an exciting future. We are a forward thinking and outward looking authority with the desire to accelerate growth and economic development through new business investment, housing, and new infrastructure. 

Dover’s existing and highly competent planning teams need one new leader - a leader of projects, a leader of people and a leader of place. You will know - and be regularly reassured - that the role that you are doing is an important one to so many people. This will be a challenging but highly rewarding role and one which will suit an ambitious Town Planner wanting to make their mark in one of the most high profile locations in the UK.


Here is a link to some of Dover’s most notable projects https://www.investindover.co.uk

Well connected?

Dover has fast rail connections to London St Pancras International (65 mins), stopping at Folkestone (10 mins), Ashford (26 mins), Ebbsfleet (45 mins). Road connections to the rest of Kent and East Sussex make Dover a great place to commute into. There are also direct ferries to continental Europe every hour.

The person

The postholder will need to foster a culture of positive planning decisions, both through the adoption of the Local Plan but also across Development Management, Enforcement, Conservation and Urban Design. With the position being available due to retirement, there is an opportunity for a leader to bring new ideas and drive development in a council where there is full support for growth from the Chief Executive and the Elected Members. You will have three managers reporting directly to you and you will have overall responsibility for 35 staff and a £2m budget.

Candidates should have demonstrable experience in a managerial position within the public sector and should have a positive, proactive attitude which will help build relationships with colleagues, members of the public and with external stakeholders. You will be a full Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or equivalent and have excellent references. You will be a leader of people with fantastic communication and negotiation skills. In return for your hard work you will receive a market leading salary, a generous relocation package (if required) and excellent fringe benefits.

If there is only one role that you apply for this year, make it this one!

* All applications will need to be made online on the Dover District Council website.

* Lewis Davey is a specialist Town Planning Recruitment Consultancy and has been appointed to manage the application process for all candidates. With over 20 years of Planning Recruitment experience and our ability to obtain direct answers to your queries, we ensure that your questions are quickly answered, and you get the information you need to start your application immediately. We are here to help facilitate the recruitment process.

Call our hotline on 020 7859 4246 and speak to our retained Planning Recruitment Consultant, Shaun Lewis for all informal and confidential enquiries.

Closing Date: Monday 11th February 2019

Interview Dates: from 18th February 2019

Salary: £62,433 to £70,650 per annum + relocation, if required

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