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Job Title: Development Management Group Leader

Kirklees Council

£51,616 - £55,267

Contract Type:
Full time

Huddersfield, North East

Job Level:
Development Management Group Leader


Closing Date:
19 July 2024, 11:55 PM

Town Planning

Local Authority

Development Management


This post is high profile and covers 3 busy front line planning teams and requires the postholder to be available to work in the office 2 days a week

We are preparing for a bright future which is why we need to strengthen our Development Management team with a Group Leader to manage the Major Applications team, Highway Development Management team and the Conservation, Design, Trees and Ecology Team.  Working in partnership with the existing Group Leader who manages the Area Planning Teams and the Compliance Team you will work together to manage the Group.  There are opportunities at Kirklees with careful and creative management to balance the expectations of growth with our vibrant local communities, the infrastructure requirements and our quality landscapes.

We currently deal with nearly 5000 applications of various kinds every year, one of the largest caseloads in the Yorkshire area.  We have more than 4500 listed buildings and 59 conservation areas.  Added to that is a portfolio of stone and aggregates quarries and our position adjacent to the Peak District National Park.

Your main challenge and opportunity to shine will be to balance the competing demands of the Council’s strategic aspirations, community concerns and environmental constraints whilst delivering high quality development through the planning process.

Alongside your Policy Group Leader counterpart and your fellow Development Management Group Leader, you will take a lead role in providing a dynamic Planning Service which is striving to make changes all the time but is committed to the economic growth of the district.  Each Development Management Group Leader will be responsible for leading separate Planning Committees, Planning and Technical teams and most importantly working together as the management leadership team for the DM Group and deputising for each other when required.

Reporting to the Head of Planning and Development you will take an important role in ensuring new development proposals are delivered in a co-ordinated way, you will ensure the service we provide is positive and progressive and always mindful of ever-changing national policy, support the development of our local planning policies and guidance and performance frameworks.

Your task will be to manage the Development Management Service in Kirklees in partnership with your Group Leader colleague.  You will be responsible for directing the overall management of several teams which contribute to the development management function.  These include the majors and minerals team, Highways Development Management Team, Conservation, Design, Ecology and Trees Team. Teamwork is key to success.

At Kirklees we want to be innovative and creative in the way we work to deliver our services to our communities, so we are always looking for better and smarter ways to work.  This is why the Development Management part of the Planning Service needs forward thinking and driven individuals to take us forward.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Mathias Franklin is the manager for this role, please contact them on 01484 221000 for an informal discussion, or if you need any more information. 

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and we encourage applications from people with all differing abilities. So, if you need any support completing an application form, or any other format for the application or Job Description please contact the Recruitment Team for help by email: [email protected] or phone: 01484 221000 and ask for ‘Recruitment’.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Closing date  19 July 2024, 11:55 PM

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