HS2 Consents, Planning & Environment Team Leader

Buckinghamshire Council
Buckinghamshire, England
£56567 - £59468 per annum + generous pension, agile/flex working+ more
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

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With construction work well underway, the impact of High-Speed Two has already been felt by our local communities and businesses across the county. We are now looking to expand our exceptional in-house team, which deals with planning and environmental issues that arise from HS2.

As the HS2 Consents, Planning & Environment Team Leader, you'll be responsible for oversight of all consents and approvals as well as a team of planners who will respond upon a full range of development control matters related to the project, whilst also attending meetings focussed on HS2 casework within the community. Working collaboratively with our Planning Team, you'll process HS2 applications and pre-application submissions.

About the role

Major Projects is a new service at Buckinghamshire Council covering all national infrastructure projects which take place across the county, including HS2 and Development Constant Orders such as Heathrow and Western Rail Link to Heathrow, and Luton Airport. As a single point of contact for these schemes, we coordinate the Council's response and input throughout each project.

Leading our wider team, you'll manage a team with a complex caseload of planning and environment work related to HS2. You'll work collaboratively across all planning and environment areas, as you provide key input into the processes that will determine applications, from the design of infrastructure to liaising with the community and Council Members. You'll ensure a joined-up approach across the Council as you determine applications, and undertake work relating to appeals under the HS2 legislation.

Head of Major Projects, Laura, said, 'this is a great opportunity to be part of one of the biggest infrastructure projects of our time. We really value career development here at Bucks, and this role offers great exposure to a wide range of key stakeholders. It's an exciting time to join BC, and your work will have a real impact on Buckinghamshire for generations to come.'

About you

Naturally, you'll come to us with extensive knowledge of planning legislation and national policies. Working in a team of highly skilled professionals, you'll be a confident leader, with a positive 'can-do' attitude. Most importantly, you'll have excellent interpersonal skills and strong political awareness, as you work at pace to resolve complex planning enquires. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading on Schedule 17 pre-applications negotiations to secure the best mitigation following the Environment Statement and the Environment Minimum Requirements;
  • Dealing with the most complex requests for pre-application advice and applications, and securing fundamental changes to pre-application schemes to secure good design and the best mitigation;
  • Supervising and managing the determination of the Schedule 17 submissions for approval by the promoter following the High-Speed legislative documents produced by the promoter and related processes;
  • Guiding, supporting, and overseeing some of the work undertaken by other members of the team;
  • Attending at HS2 Members Panels, Community Forums, Cabinets and Council meetings when requested and participating at both informal and formal meetings.

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.

Whether you're out and about on-site, or working from home where possible, we actively encourage our colleagues to take control of their work-life balance. If that's not enough of a 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.

The role will be closed at midnight on the 31st of October 2021.

For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Laura Leech at laura.leech@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

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.

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. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.



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