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Principal Planning Officer

Watford Borough Council
£39,467- £43,828 per annum including London Weighting
Closing date
17 Jul 2022

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Principal Planning Officer
Are you an enthusiastic town planner looking to take next step in your career? With a new Local Plan expected to be adopted later this year, do you want play an important role toward shaping and creating great places in our town? Watford comes with an exciting opportunity where you can really make a difference working on local and strategic issues. The town is located on the fringe of London with an interesting transition from urban to rural character and with significant growth pressure you will be involved in projects that seek to positively manage this change. Our Town Hall is on the edge of the Town Centre with excellent connections to London and the wider area with the Metropolitan Line, London Overground and other mainline services at Watford Junction located nearby.

The Role
As Principal Planning Officer, you will play an important role preparing guidance and planning frameworks to guide development which will be transformational. You will have an opportunity to help deliver our progressive and ambitious growth strategy based around our Core Development Area, shaping the town in the years ahead through high quality, high density sustainable development. If you have experience working on planning documents such as masterplans, design guides and development briefs then this role will provide you with an opportunity to develop and apply those skills in an environment that is focussed on implementation and delivery.

If you have a ‘can-do’ attitude, we will support your professional development, welcome flexible and agile working and will provide you with an opportunity to work on a range of interesting and challenging planning projects. 

For an informal discussion please contact Jack Green, Spatial Planning Manager, on 01923 278093.

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About Watford Borough Council

Watford is an urban borough in South West Hertfordshire; The borough has excellent transport links with mainline rail connections to London. Watford is the centre of a sub region serving around 500,000 people living within a 20 minute travelling time catchment. As part of the London commuter belt Watford is strongly influenced by London which brings the benefits of a buoyant economy.


At a glance

  • £1.4bn local investment happening – mix of public and private funding
  • 5 major development and regeneration projects happening
  • 3500 registered businesses
  • Higher than average working age population
  • Skilled workforce
  • Affordable local housing market
  • Home to many major international head offices
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