Job Vacancy Details

Lead Planner - Major Projects
St Albans City & District Council

REF: P1390
Salary: Up to £47k per year (inc. of market supplement and car allowance) Plus up to 18.5% employer pension contribution
Closing date for applications: 31 January 2020
Interviews: Mid-February – overseas candidates can be interviewed via Skype

St Albans is a unique English Cathedral City with a colourful history which can be seen in the Roman remains and variety of beautiful architecture, heritage sites and conservation areas.  Set within Green Belt, off the M25, A1M and M1 the District includes a cathedral, historic city centre, market town and charming villages.  Our offices are in the city centre near to the Thameslink station (London St Pancras 20 minutes and Luton Parkway 11 minutes), shops and restaurants. In short it is a great place to live and work.

We are looking for a talented individual to assist in the management of the Planning Team and contribute to the delivery of a customer focused service. An experienced senior planner, ideally with project management and experience of dealing with complex planning applications, you will join our Planning Team, which deals with over 3500 planning applications a year.

As one of the busiest Planning Authorities in the country, with a published (Regulation 19) draft Local Plan identifying strategic development in Broad Locations in the Green Belt and plans to redevelop the city centre, it’s an exciting time to join us.

You will take a lead on Masterplanning strategic sites, large scale planning applications, PPAs and consultations. This will include negotiating fees, setting up and leading on projects, briefing members and stakeholders, preparing reports and negotiating S106s/CIL.  You will also be expected to liaise with neighbouring Local Planning Authorities, other statutory and non-statutory bodies through Duty to Co-operate to secure the Masterplanning of strategic cross boundary developments

With considerable experience in the field and Chartered membership of the RTPI or full membership of PIA, you will work on a range of complex planning cases. Excellent negotiation skills and a flexible approach to work are also essential to this post.

We are particularly interested in candidates who would be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa

This post is Politically Restricted and subject to a Basic Disclosure Check.

We offer a competitive package which includes essential user car allowance, flexitime or flexible working e.g. compressed hours, partial homeworking, reimbursement of professional fees, learning and development opportunities, pension scheme, up to 31 days annual leave (depending on service) and leisure and travel discounts.

We would also welcome applications from candidates wishing to work part-time in a job share capacity.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Ashton, Development Manager on (01727) 814634 or forward any queries via email to Full details are on the council website: here

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