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Development Management Service Manager

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
£51,440 per annum with potential progression to £61,607
Closing date
5 Jun 2022
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Starting salary: £51,440 pa with potential progression to £61,607 pa on achieving designated skills and experience

Contract: Permanent, Full Time (37 hours per week)

Location: Council Offices, Campus East, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE

About the Role

Reporting to the Assistant Director (Planning) you will manage and lead our development management service.

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. This requires a strong background in planning within both urban and rural environments focusing on large scale development schemes. You will need to draw from your technical knowledge and understanding to keep driving the service forward, adapting to positive change with new modernisation plans in place.

About Us

Welwyn Hatfield includes the two towns of Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City but also encompasses a significant rural area 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 emerging local plan. These are just some of the exciting challenges that the planning department faces over the next few years and the postholder 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.

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.

About You

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 have:

  • A degree in town planning or degree in a related subject plus a post graduate planning qualification recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Experience of professional town planning work within the development management field, including complex and contentious planning applications
  • Experience of managing staff, functions, processes, and budgets


We can offer you a unique and attractive working environment in the heart of Welwyn Garden City, flexible working arrangements, free parking, and access to electric pool cars as well as the usual Local Government benefits including pension scheme and generous annual leave allowance.

If you are interested in working in an ambitious authority and helping to shape our New Town and Garden City environments, we want to hear from you.

The deadline for applications is 5 June 2022.

Assessments and interviews will be held week commencing 20 June 2022.

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