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Head of Development Management

Plymouth City Council
Plymouth, Devon
£55,945 - £59,921
Closing date
7 Mar 2021

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Plymouth City Council has a culture of excellence in Development Management both in terms of performance and customer service.  This culture of excellence has resulted in numerous awards in recent years including the Planning Resource and RTPI Planning Authority of the year, RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup for the Plan for Homes initiative and RTPI awards for its Joint Local Plan (adopted in 2019).  It also has a highly respected Building Control service that, year on year, achieves over 80% of market share for Building Control work in Plymouth.  Plymouth also boasts an outstanding quality of life with its cultural and heritage offer alongside easy access to the South West Coast Path and Dartmoor National Park.

About the role

This is a key post in the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Department.  You will work alongside the Service Director and other Heads in Planning policy, Transport, Environmental Planning and Housing to ensure the department remains central to Plymouth’s ambitious growth agenda.  You will be responsible for managing all aspects of Development Management as well Building Control.  You will be responsible for four managers and take the lead on key functions of Development Management such as Planning Committee, the most significant regeneration projects, senior Member briefings and implementation of the Building Safety Bill recommendations.

About you

You will be a full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and have proven leadership and management experience in a Planning / Building Control environment.  You will have demonstrable skills in political awareness and understanding of the political structures of a local authority.  You will also need to demonstrate that you have the drive and capabilities to maintain Plymouth’s excellent development management record in customer service and performance.

Unless otherwise indicated, all interviews are held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Candidates will be sent a link before interview to download the Teams App.

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For specific information about this job, please contact Peter Ford, (outgoing) Head of Development Management. Email: Tel 01752 304352.

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