Director of Planning

Job Summary
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 08/10/2018 12:00
88608 - 96663
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Executive / Managerial
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Employment Location:
County Hall, Morpeth
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Closing date:
8 Oct
Further Information

Northumberland County Council is offering the chance to make your mark in what’s regarded as one of the best places in the country to live. This vast county – the largest local authority area in England – is home to stunning countryside, castles and coastline. Now the Council is on the hunt for talented people to take on key roles that will play an important part in Northumberland’s future success.

We are seeking an exceptional Planning professional to lead and develop our planning service for our geographically diverse county. You will have a focus on delivering economic growth, high quality development and excellent service delivery for the Planning function. This post will help to drive forward the county’s ambitious regeneration programme and deliver new homes and jobs.

'The council needs someone with bags of experience and energy to bring new leadership to the council’s planning function' says Chief Executive Daljit Lally.
‘We need to ensure we have someone who is experienced in dealing with difficult and complex challenges.’

‘We are delivering on our housing numbers and have got quite a lot of development in the pipeline. This is a vibrant area and we need to strike balance between supporting economy and local needs while protecting the assets that make the county so attractive.’

To lead our service you will need to have strong leadership capabilities, work corporately with both the Executive and Senior Team and elected members.

The role of Director of Planning is to lead all aspects of the Local Plan Policy and Development Management processes, including managing a team of officers dealing with enforcement investigations, conservation matters and the validation of planning applications, as well as a direct involvement in dealing with applications.

Working as part of the Senior Leadership Team within Place Directorate within the Council this is an opportunity shape the direction of planning within Northumberland.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a significant level of experience and knowledge of all areas of planning and development as well as excellent leadership qualities. You will bring best practice to the regulatory processes of planning together with possessing an excellent strategic vision and a wider understanding of the Council’s ambitious priorities set out within our Corporate Plan.

For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Kelly Angus, Executive Director of HR/OD & Deputy Chief Executive. Email: Telephone: 01670 622875.

Closing Date: 12pm Monday 8th October 2018
**Please note if you are experiencing issues with submitting your application for this role, please contact Helen Alwell at

Interviews will be held week commencing 29th October 2018

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This job is closed for applications.