Reporting to the Head of Planning you will manage and lead our development management service. This includes the provision of pre-application advice, the determination of planning applications, presenting complex applications at committee and the resolution of breaches of planning control through negotiation and enforcement action.
This is a challenging and rewarding post, as you will be expected to lead this part of the planning service through its continued development and make a significant contribution to the future shape of this borough.
Welwyn Hatfield is focused on the two new towns of Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City but also encompasses a significant rural area all of which is designated as green belt. There are pressures and opportunities for major development within the main towns and urban extensions to towns and villages proposed in the local plan, which is currently at examination stage. These are just some of the exciting challenges that the planning department faces over the next few years and this post will have a key role to play in delivering these major projects as well as helping to make sure our planning service is working in a modern, efficient and effective way.
This is a key management position within the department and in addition to essential management skills we are looking for someone who can lead and inspire staff in a pressured environment. We need a person with excellent interpersonal, communication and IT skills, as well as the ability to manage a substantial budget and engage in a variety of departmental and corporate initiatives.
You will join a forward-thinking council that puts their customers first. We know that in order to provide the best for our residents and visitors, we need to do the same for our people. We have set out to make our workplaces vibrant and happy places to be, places where our people feel safe, content and valued.
The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential in this post.
How to apply
Please apply online via the link below.
Please read the Role Profile fully before applying for this vacancy. It is essential you refer to the role Profile when completing your application, particularly the role specific questions section.
You must demonstrate how you meet the criteria set out in the Role Profile and give examples to support your statements. If you do not demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role your application will be unsuccessful.
Closing date: 16 May 2021.
Assessments will be held on 20 May and interviews will be held on 28 May 2021.
Welwyn Hatfield – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.