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Principal Planning Officer

Cheshire East Council
Macclesfield or Crewe, with flexible office and home working
£34,728 - £40,728 per annum, plus market supplement
Closing date
24 Dec 2021

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Principal Planning Officer

Location: Macclesfield or Crewe, with flexible office and home working

Job category: Place

Grade: CEC NJC - Grade 10

£34,728 - £40,728 per annum, plus market supplement

Ref no: E1311

A market supplement of £3,000 per annum, parking permit, and professional fees subscription are provided in addition to basic salary. We provide a very flexible and supportive working environment with options to work from home and the office.

As a Principal Planning Officer in Development Management, you will play a leading role in determining the Council's strategic planning applications. This is a rare opportunity to influence placemaking at a variety of levels.  You will be the lead officer on major residential development proposals, as well as other projects of strategic importance, and have responsibility for signing off smaller scale delegated planning decisions on behalf of the Council. The role is key to the success of ensuring sustainable and well-designed development within Cheshire East.

We are a large team of planning professionals which provides a supportive environment for managing the wide range of planning applications that we receive as a unitary planning authority. Reporting to an area manager, you will manage a small team of planning officers. You will collaborate closely with other specialists in the team including highway officers, ecologists, conservation officers, urban designers, landscape architects, lawyers and many other stakeholders.

We are looking for a professional team player with the skills and experience to successfully manage major planning applications and to mentor more junior planning officers within your team.  You will be confident and experienced in negotiating with developers at pre-application stage, presenting to Planning Committee and representing a local planning authority at Appeal. You must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

You must be organised with excellent report writing and IT skills. You will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of current local and national planning policy and have a track record of negotiating improvements to development proposals through the planning application process.

You should be qualified to degree level within Planning or a related discipline and be eligible for RTPI membership. You must possess leadership skills and have a customer focused approach. Ability to travel throughout Cheshire East and a full UK driving license are required.

Cheshire East is an amazing place to live and work. As one of the largest employers in the borough, we can offer you a wide range of challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

At Cheshire East Council we are working for a brighter future – together and our commitment to you is that our workplace culture will provide a shared purpose, a well-led organisation with valued people succeeding together as one team and one council to deliver the best service for our customers and communities.

If you want to be part of our award-winning council and contribute to our ongoing success, have the flexibility and drive to enable us to innovate, are committed to working as part of a team and striving to deliver exceptional service wherever you can, we would especially like to hear from you.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our local communities so that we can all work for a brighter future - together.


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Peter Hooley:

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Closing date: 24December 2021.

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