Development Manager

Location Derby
Discipline: Public Sector
Job type: Contract
Salary: ££450 - £500 per day
Contact name: Thomas Plant

Contact email:
Job ref: 5194594_1640783313
Published: 30 days ago
Startdate: 04.01.2022

Development Manager
Full-time contract
3-Month contract

We are looking to welcome candidates with the desire to make an impact and feel confident sharing their ideas. Their team ethos is one which encourages collaboration and thoughtful contribution towards how the Council delivers their planning service, to best serve the interests of the community and region.

Within your role as Development Management Team Leader, your accountabilities will include:

  • Lead the development management team, acting as senior professional advisor to the team on all planning matters, to deliver a professional planning service for BCP Council
  • Allocate and review casework and sign off recommendations for the issuing of a planning decision, so that the business of the development management team is delivered accurately and efficiently
  • Appraise and make recommendations on the most complex and controversial planning applications and cases against the Local Plan(s), regulations, and legislative frameworks, to ensure that applications are compliant with requirements and BCP Council's needs and reach a satisfactory decision
  • Provide authoritative planning advice and guidance to colleagues, members of the public, Councillors, prospective developers and all other customers so that the planning process is understood and to enable the submission of applications that will be aligned to the Local Plan(s)
  • Where required act as the senior expert witness, representing the Council in planning appeals and inquiries to defend decisions regarding application approvals or denials against the planning policies
  • Present applications to the Planning Committee to enable effective decision-making by the Committee
  • Negotiate with external agencies and developers to ensure that defined infrastructure and specified conditions for development are delivered in planning applications
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Development Plan and supplementary documents, feeding back on what works and what doesn't to ensure that planning policies can be applied successfully and improved
  • Dimensions of the role:
  • This role leads a team planning staff
  • Ensure the development management team is outcome and solution focused to deliver planning decisions within statutory timeframes
  • Planning will typically be over weeks and months ahead, with a view to the longer-term needs of the team and forthcoming major applications

What you'll need to succeed

  • Degree in Town Planning or related degree
  • Member or eligibility to be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Extensive experience of leading and motivating a team of planning professionals
  • Extensive experience of managing complex and controversial cases in planning and development management
  • Substantial experience in acting as an expert witness and senior planning expert in controversial cases
  • Comprehensive knowledge of planning policy activity and enforcement policies and processes
  • Comprehensive Knowledge of planning legislation such as Town and Country Planning Act, and governmental planning framework
  • Ability to motivate a team

For more information please call Tom on 0161 667 0020 or email