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Planning Manager - North / Full time

Central Bedfordshire Council

£41,000 - £50,999

Shefford, East Anglia



Team: Planning Delivery

Job Family: Enabling, CBG14
Salary: £48,659 - £51,915 per annum plus £5000 market rate supplement per annum (subject to review)
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week

Base Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Priory House, Shefford. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role

Contract Type: Hybrid - Permanent
Closing Date: 28th July 2022
Interview Date: 15th August 2022 - at Priory House, Shefford Offices

About Us

Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.


As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.


This is a great time to join us on our journey.


More about the role

There’s more than one reason why we believe Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. Our attractive market towns and beautiful villages surrounded by stunning countryside, all boosted by a prime location, great transport links and a high performing economy are all part of what makes us great. Our location at the heart of the Oxford Cambridge Arc means we need to ensure we can maintain this uniqueness while delivering significant growth.


Our recently adopted Local Plan has always been about more than planning just for homes and jobs. It’s about creating communities in a highly sustainable way. This means planning for new and improved roads and transport infrastructure; and new community facilities and services, such as schools, nurseries, shops, sport and leisure facilities. We are already embarking on a review of the Local Plan which will set out further opportunities for growth.


We are currently planning to deliver up to 39,000 new homes and 24,000 new jobs over the next 20 years. Our aim is to deliver the growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Central Bedfordshire and delivers infrastructure and services to support it and maintain the environmental qualities of the area that our communities value so highly.


Your role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for an Authority that will be at the heart of an area which will be expected to deliver significant growth yet maintain its distinctiveness, a challenging ambition. To do this you and your team of experienced planners will shape the future of new developments and influence what they could bring to the area for its residents, its environment and economy. You will provide a closely managed, co-ordinated approach to the processing and determination of planning applications in the northern half of Central Bedfordshire, ensuring scrutiny to what is proposed to get the best outcomes for the Council and its residents.


You’ll have a degree or masters in Town Planning with significant Development Management experience within a Local Authority. Either with experience of managing a team or as a highly experienced planner in development management looking for the next step up in your career, you will be keen to apply leadership skills to provide a customer focussed service.


What we can offer you

As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:

Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. As a hybrid worker you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location.
A £250 one off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable work space at home
Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate
Generous family friendly policies and practices
A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
Staff network and support groups
Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
Access to discounts from local and national retailers

There are excellent development and career opportunities within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.

Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, flexible and home based working opportunities and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.


Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer.  We welcome discussion on location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process


You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack


For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Jennie Selley, Head of Planning Delivery, at [email protected] or on 0300 300 5535

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at [email protected]  


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline.


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