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Head Of Planning and Building Control

Herefordshire Council
Hereford, Herefordshire
£61,734 - £66,738 (Great perks and benefits)
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Other, Planning
Head of Department
Local Authority
Senior Manager

Job Details

Contract: Permanent 
Salary: £61,734 - £66,738
Hours: 37
Location: Hereford
Closing Date: 26/11/2023


This is a hugely exciting time to join Herefordshire Council in the key role of Head of Planning and Building Control.  Herefordshire is a county of great opportunity and ambition, with a new University, thriving Enterprise Zone, and specialisms in defence and security.  The county’s natural environment, quality of life and sense of community are unparalleled.   

We are looking for an outstanding candidate, with the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to lead our strategic and neighbourhood planning, development management, and building control services.  This includes leading the Local Plan review that will shape Herefordshire as a place for generations to come, continuing our best in class approach to neighbourhood plans, continuing the transformation of our development management services, and growing our building control function.  Herefordshire is an ambitious rural county, this is a fantastic opportunity to come and join a great team and make a real difference.

Benefits of working for Herefordshire Council:

  • A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:
  • Pension Scheme Enrolment in the Local Government (LGPS)
  • Generous Annual Leave: 26 days’ annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays. After five years’ continuous service, this increases to 31 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays. You can also purchase an additional 10 days per annum
  • Flexible working: flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours and, in some instances, home working
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 access to support and counselling
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

•Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;

•Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant;

•Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care.   

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

To apply, please submit your CV and complete the supporting statement within the application form, referring to the job description & person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:

About Us

Herefordshire is a beautiful, historic county located in the heart of the Marches on the border with Wales. We are one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England with a wealth of unspoilt countryside, distinctive heritage, and lively and attractive market towns.

Our priority in Herefordshire is to keep children safe and give them a great start in life. It’s the priority for the council, our partners and for all of us who work with Children & Young People. 

How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated, passionate and professional staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves, and the relationship we build with families and partners to enable this. We have invested heavily in training and developing staff in our relational practice approach with our improvement partner Leeds City Council, so it's an exciting time to join Herefordshire – we believe in investing in you so you can be the best you can be!

 Herefordshire has a really strong team ethos. Our teams are passionate about the work they do and the positive difference they and the teams they are in make to people’s lives. This is all underpinned by the focus and support from their managers and the council as a whole. 

We will deliver better support to our most vulnerable children and their families, develop stronger relationships with partners across the region, and beyond.

Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.


Herefordshire lies just south of the West Midlands sandwiched between Worcestershire and the breathtaking Brecon Beacons of Wales to the west. The county's rolling pastures, rural charm and rustic image belies a host of healthy and vibrant businesses. Numerous diverse communities thrive on their distinct and individual character to give Herefordshire a uniqueness which is valued by residents, visitors and those who work in the county.

Business and commerce need transport and communication links to survive and thrive. These exist, but they're not obtrusive. Behind the tranquil peace which exudes from every nook and cranny lies the county's motorway, rail links, and an ever-growing communication infrastructure.

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