We Are Recruiting in Development Management

Principal Planner

£32,878 - £36,876 per annum | 37 hours per week | Permanent

Senior Planner

£28,785 - £32,878 per annum | 37 hours per week | Permanent 

The Development Management team is a shared planning service between Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council, with Bromsgrove District Council as the host. The posts are primarily based in Redditch.  We are an enthusiastic, dedicated and friendly team comprising highly experienced Planners and those at the very beginning of their planning career.   

Principal Planner Role

You will deal with a varied and interesting caseload of predominantly major and minor schemes, drawing upon your enthusiasm and experience of delivering and managing a wide range of applications and projects. You will be interpreting the complexity of permitted development legislation and interacting with a number of agencies and organisations, together with other departments across the two Councils.  Your planning knowledge will help us to protect and enhance an environment of both intense Green Belt pressure and a traditional manufacturing landscape.

You will provide direction and an active mentoring role to our Planning Officers and Planning Assistants to ensure the delivery of the Council’s objectives, including the planning growth proposed in our adopted Local Plans.  This buddy system is an integral part of our ethos to continually develop technical expertise within the team and to develop the next generation of Planners across the District and Borough.

The posts also offer an exciting opportunity to actively shape the planning service at leadership level.  You will be part of key decisions affecting how we react and respond to local and national change.  You will also be involved in harnessing the future direction of the team.

You must meet all of the following essential criteria:

  • Educated to Degree level or above
  • Have Full Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Have at least three years experience in planning work, including at least one year in a Development Management setting

Senior Planner Role

You will deal with a varied and interesting caseload of predominantly minor schemes, drawing upon your enthusiasm and experience of delivering and managing a wide range of applications and projects. You will be interpreting the complexity of permitted development legislation and interacting with a number of agencies and organisations, together with other departments across the two Councils.  Your planning knowledge will help us to protect and enhance an environment of both intense Green Belt pressure and a traditional manufacturing landscape.

You must meet all of the following essential criteria:

  • Educated to Degree level or above
  • Working towards or achieved Full Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Why should you join us?

To improve and build upon your planning experience within a supportive and progressive unit, whilst being part of an ongoing period of transition and challenge for our busy and dynamic department.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a fantastic, family-friendly team that consistently delivers high quality development and outstanding standards of customer service.   

A strong part of our approach is to provide direction and an active mentoring role to continually develop technical expertise within the team, particularly at the Planning Assistant level.  This includes an emphasis on encouraging and supporting CPD.  Our aim is to develop and grow the next generation of Planners across the District and Borough.

We are a very social team and host a full calendar of events both in and out of the office.  You must like cake if you want to join the team………. 

We also offer the following benefits:

  • Full payment of RTPI subscription fees
  • The certainty of two adopted Local Plans (January 2017) in Development Management decision-making
  • Support for continuing professional development and progression
  • Free and secure staff parking at both the Redditch and Bromsgrove offices
  • Smart, modern offices in Redditch Town Centre located within walking distance to bus and train stations and major retailers
  • Opportunity to undertake home working, with supplied IT equipment and dedicated IT assistance
  • 23 days annual leave rising to 28 after five years local government service plus statutory holidays and one fixed day per annum
  • Flexible working scheme, which includes the ability to work flexible hours and a range of other flexible and part-time working patterns
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Use of 24 hour employee assistance programme offering free legal and personal advice
  • Car, technology, Cycle2Work, Healthcare and childcare salary sacrifice opportunities
  • Staff benefits from national High Street and leisure providers

Want more information?

Please contact Dale Birch, Development Management Manager, on 01527 881341 or email d.birch@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is midnight on Monday 17 August 2020.

The interviews will be held virtually via Skype/Microsoft Teams week commencing 24 August 2020 (alternative dates can be made available if requested).

Please clearly state which post you are applying for on your application form.

Further details of these exciting opportunities and how to apply are here.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic and whilst observing current advice and guidance, the Development Management Team are continuing to work using normal email and telephone contacts, although from a home-working environment.