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Director of Planning

Uttlesford District Council
Saffron Walden, Essex
Up to £96k
Closing date
7 Feb 2022
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Uttlesford District is consistently identified as one of the best places to live in the UK. We’re ideally located, with easy access to London and Cambridge and an international airport on our doorstep. And yet, the district still retains its rural character, alongside its market towns and villages. For this role that means an intriguing and complex professional challenge – fulfilling our commitment to support managed growth and tackling the climate crisis, while retaining what makes Uttlesford such a special place.

This is an opportunity with a very distinct professional focus. You’ll take the lead on the development, inspection and adoption of our Local Plan – establishing a coherent, evidence-based, long-term vision for the development of the district and working closely with elected members and other stakeholders to secure its approval. And you’ll pay close attention to our Development Management service – identifying opportunities for improvement and supporting colleagues in bringing these to fruition.

We’re looking for someone who has experience of seeing a Local Plan through to adoption, and who understands the importance of clear and direct professional advice throughout. You should offer the right blend of strategic vision – to articulate and promote long term goals for the district; and accomplished management skills – to ensure that the operational aspects of Development Management are fulfilled to the highest standards. A full appreciation of the complexities of managing growth in a rural setting will be vital to both these aspects.

Uttlesford District Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all.

Please click on the Apply Button below to find out more or contact Steve Guest at Solace in Business on 020 7976 3311 for a confidential discussion.

Closing date: 7th February

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