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Principal Planner (Policy and Delivery) / Full time

East Suffolk Council

£40,760 to £44,632 pa plus professional fees

Melton, East of England



Reference: ESC00375
Organisation: East Suffolk Council
Place of work: Riverside, Lowestoft or East Suffolk House, Melton
Salary details: £40,760 to £44,632 pa plus professional fees
Job term: Full Time
Hours: 37 hpw
Appointment: Permanent 
Closing Date: 31st March 2020

It's an exciting time to join East Suffolk, being the biggest district council in England, formed from the voluntary merger of two smaller districts

The Planning Service is central to the future success of the new Council, helping to shape and deliver the prosperity of the area, while keeping it a special and desirable place in which to live, work and visit. To support this ambition, the Planning team has recently grown and we now have new opportunities for you to join us. In return we can offer the right candidates significant opportunities to develop their careers with an award-winning service.

With an excellent track record in decision making and plan making, the Council has recently adopted and advanced Local Plans, providing an up-to-date strategic policy context for delivery to 2036.

The Planning Service has a huge variety of exciting projects, from delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects in the energy sector, supporting the regeneration of Lowestoft through the redevelopment of waterfront brownfield sites, to master planning garden neighbourhoods, developing coastal adaptation solutions, enhancing and sustaining market towns and villages, promoting the resort town and Port of Felixstowe, developing strategic policies and supporting neighbourhood planning. In addition there are significant pressures, and development opportunities, around the market towns and Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. Growth and change of this diversity and scale needs to be sensitively managed to ensure it is delivered with the best possible infrastructure in place and potential impacts fully mitigated. 

Additionally, a significant proportion of the district sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, adjacent to the Broads National Park and along a stunning coastline of pristine beaches and beautiful estuaries.

If you have the ability to deliver, lead, motivate and manage in our fast-paced environment and can develop the trust of a wide range of stakeholders and partners, then we want to hear from you.

Lowestoft is within a short distance of the historic, university city of Norwich, with Melton close to Ipswich and an hour’s train journey to London. No other district in the country is able to offer the successful candidates the quality of life, variety and breadth of planning opportunities and development in the country’s largest and newest district planning authority.

As an experienced planner you will take a lead role in developing and co-ordinating the spatial planning policy work programme for the Council and secure its timely preparation and implementation, including engagement with the community and other key stakeholders. You will also work with colleagues across the Council on major corporate projects, to maximise the opportunities for the delivery of planning policy. The role includes collaboration with other local authorities and stakeholders and the day to day management of planning professionals and support staff to ensure high quality work output, through strong project management and a focus on continual improvement.

In return, we can offer great opportunities for training and development. We want you to stay with us for the long-term, so we’ll give you all the support we can to build a great career with our organisation. There’s also a superb benefits package including flexible working options and purpose-built, brand new office accommodation, as well as a generous leave entitlement, discount scheme, pension scheme and free car parking.

Please read the job description and person specification before applying for this job.

For an informal discussion, please call Desi Reed (Planning Policy and Delivery Manager) on 01502 523055

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