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Principal Planner

Buckinghamshire Council
£48,894 - £51,402 per annum
Closing date
5 Apr 2021
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If you have substantial relevant experience as a technical expert in the planning or environmental sector and are looking to develop your career, this could be the role for you.

By joining us as a Principal Planner at Buckinghamshire Council, you'll not only be offered a competitive benefits package, you'll also be part of a new team committed to shaping the future of Buckinghamshire for generations to come

About the role

You'll be responsible for managing and determining complex planning applications and lead on providing professional advice through all stages of the planning process, including PPAs, S106 negotiations and planning appeals as you provide a high-quality service that is responsive to customer demands.

Our recent transformation to a unitary council is already creating diverse and multi-disciplined opportunities across the service, and we are excited to see what is to come. In this rewarding and fulfilling role, you'll see the impact of your work in front of you.

Career development is something we take seriously at Bucks; we love nothing more than seeing our colleagues grow with us, with many members of the team progressing quickly as they gain more experience and responsibilities within their specialist areas. We are committed to building an exceptional Development Management Team, utilising our colleagues' talent, and making the most of what they have to offer.

Claire Bayley, Major Development Manager at Buckinghamshire Council said, 'there are real opportunities to develop your career over time in varied, multi-disciplinary areas. By joining us as a Principal Planner, you'll be dealing with more complex and strategic developments across the area, with opportunities for proactive engagement and project management of developments.'

With a strong and supportive senior management team behind you, you'll play a key part in helping us achieve our Planning and Environment Business plan and drive forward our vision as a new unitary authority.

About you

Naturally, you'll have excellent interpersonal, persuasion, and negotiation skills with experience of co-ordinating partnership working. You'll come to us with the relevant specialist experience of developing procedures, policies, and long-term strategies. Most importantly, you'll be commercially focussed and enjoy building new relationships, with the welfare of our residents at the heart of what you do.

Other information

Our response as an employer to Covid-19 has shaped the way we want to work in the future. Microsoft Teams, Skype, and vlogs from our Senior Leadership Team have all played their part in allowing us to become even more flexible in how, when, and where our teams work.

There will be times where you'll need to be in the office - whether that's for meeting clients or collaborating with peers - but we actively encourage our colleagues to adopt a flexible working approach and take control of their work-life balance. Our current vacancies are flexible and part-time work will be considered.

If that's not enough reason to join us, you'll be entitled to a range of benefits from Buckinghamshire Council including a very competitive employer pension contribution; a minimum of 25 days annual leave allowance per year; a flex-time scheme; and discounts in local shops, restaurants, and gyms.

Take a look at our dedicated career social media pages @bucks_careers for exclusive content from our Planning Teams, and find out more about life at Buckinghamshire Council.

For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Claire Bayley on 01296585335

This advert will close at midnight on Monday 5th April 2021.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

About the Business Unit

Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco.


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