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HS2 Principal Planner / Full time

Buckinghamshire Council

£48894 - £51402

Aylesbury, South Central



Reference: BUC01672 
Type: Permanent 
Position: HS2 Principal Planner 
Location: Aylesbury, England 
Industry: Public Sector and Government 
Salary: £48894 - £51402 per annum 


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, who deal with planning and environmental issues that arise from HS2.
As a Principal Planner, you’ll be responsible for a full range of development management matters on 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.
Supporting and leading our wider team, you’ll manage a complex caseload of planning and environment work related to HS2. You’ll work collaboratively across these 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 participation 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, 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.

Take a look at our dedicated career social media pages @bucks_careers for exclusive content from our Major Projects team, and find out more about life at Buckinghamshire Council. 

For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Laura Leech at [email protected]

This role will close at Midnight on the 25th April 2021 

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.

About the Business Unit
Our Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate work with partners to help shape the future of Buckinghamshire. We deliver services on planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.

Our key priorities include developing the economic narrative for Bucks, creating more jobs and delivering the right infrastructure to help businesses and residents thrive. We also aim to provide a proactive planning service that is responsive, whilst making the best use of the Council’s land and property portfolio. This will in turn support community services and create housing, jobs, regeneration and income to support public services.

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 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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