Head of Planning and Place - Job Description

Key responsibilities

  • To be an effective member of the Corporate Management Team, contributing to the development of corporate objectives and translating them into service plans and performance measures
  • To provide visible leadership for the service area, motivating, empowering, developing and performance managing staff to deliver the Council’s Vision 2040 ambitions and service priorities
  • To be the lead officer in relation to the statutory planning functions of the Council, providing strategic leadership across development management, planning policy, neighbourhood planning, planning enforcement, master-planning, conservation and building control
  • Play a key role in the development and delivery of strategically significant projects, with a focus on the district’s former power station sites, such as the STEP prototype nuclear fusion project at West Burton along with the wider vision and promotion of the Trent Valley.
  • To have full spatial awareness of the district, identifying and seizing opportunities to lever in investment to support economic growth and lead on planning matters in relation to the East Midlands Investment Zone
  • Develop effective working relationships with elected Members, in particular the relevant portfolio holders, the Leader and Deputy Leader, providing professional support and advice and developing appropriate strategies, policies and plans, ensuring they promote and implement Council objectives
  • To engage and involve elected Members as appropriate, providing professional advice and support as required, attending and reporting to meetings and briefings as appropriate
  • Advise on and promote future site opportunities to bring more high-tech, green energy jobs into the district
  • Establish and facilitate a network of key site developers and proactively engage with new and existing businesses to nurture positive working relationships and attract inward investment, working closely with the Head of Growth and Economic Prosperity to provide a holistic package of support
  • Embody the Council’s values and embed a strong equality, diversity and customer centric ethos within the service
  • To anticipate future demands on the service and develop plans that optimise the use of resources, identifying potential for driving income and efficiencies, whilst ensuring robust processes are followed throughout the service to comply with financial regulations, contract procedure rules and codes of practice
  • To ensure compliance within the service with all corporate and statutory requirements, incorporating changes in legislation into Council policy and procedure proactively
  • Engage positively in effective partnerships which contribute to the achievement of the Councils objectives on issues relevant to the Planning and Place portfolio



Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024