Strategic Development Manager
You will need:
· A good understanding of development processes
Experience working in the planning or highways areas of work, with a focus on major developments and/or within a county planning development control environment
· A demonstrable understanding of the legal framework for highways and/or planning development control processes
· A successful track record in a senior management role
You'll need to hold an appropriate professional qualification - Degree in Planning or related discipline or/and Membership of the RTPI or eligibility for membership
80% of your role will be responsible for Delivery, reporting to an Operations Portfolio Lead with an ability:
To lead the Development Management service within the Council's delivery function.
To maintain a customer focused service through the effective management and development of staff
To ensure the Council complies with its statutory responsibilities.
20% Commissioning Responsibility, reporting to Commissioning Director (Communities & Infrastructure) with an ability to:
To give effect to the Council's planning policies and corporate priorities by acting as the Lead Commissioner for Development Management.
To be the principal adviser to the Planning Committee.
To lead the Development Management Service and to provide a customer focused service that is professional, efficient and cost effective, and that meets all legal and policy requirements as defined by the Council.
· To demonstrate a high level of professional competency, maintaining a thorough and up to date knowledge of legislation and guidance and apply this to ensure legally sound, high quality and enforceable recommendations and decisions in accordance with relevant legislative and policy frameworks and the Scheme of Delegation.
· To apply policy broadly, innovatively and creatively and take the lead role in negotiations on major and complex planning applications and legal agreements on behalf of the County Council with applicants and developers, local communities, other Council services, partner organisations and external agencies.
· To provide effective and timely advice to enforcement staff on the application of enforcement powers pertaining to complaints received by the Service regarding infringements of highways planning, and to authorise the taking of enforcement action under delegated powers where expedient.
· To advise the public, developers, other professional groups, organisations and individuals and other Council Services, Members of the Council and Members of Parliament on development management issues and procedures; offering advice and guidance; including the initiation of correspondence, on such matters in accordance with Service and Council policies and objectives.
· To attend and provide professional advice on applications to be determined by County Council Planning Committee.
· To present, or enable others to effectively present, the Council's case on planning appeals including the preparation of statements and proofs of evidence; appearing at public local inquiries as the Council's expert witness.
· To ensure the Council's Code of Conduct for Members and Officers dealing with planning matters is fully complied with.
· To thoroughly investigate and respond to written complaints, including those from the Local Government Ombudsman, relating to the work of the service, identifying improvements and taking corrective action as appropriate.
· To be responsible for the effective leadership and management of staff within the Development Management Service. This will include the expectation that the post holder will develop an effective framework of performance, personal development and support programmes for all staff, and be responsible for directing the training of staff on new legislation, guidance and procedures across the service.
· To monitor and report on the performance of the service and to be responsible for undertaking any actions necessary to both maintain current standards and to continually develop the service in response to changes in customer needs and other external demands.