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Head of Planning opportunity Cheltenham Borough Council

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Dear future colleague,

Thank-you for your interest in what I hope you will agree is a role that is dynamic in driving the future of development of Cheltenham, I am very much looking forward to receiving your application for the role of Head of Planning.

This is an incredible time to come to the Borough, as we look to deliver our exciting place shaping strategy and harness our growth potential. Covid-19 has raised significant challenges, but also huge opportunities. We are working on high profile and challenging projects such as the Elms Park development, the Golden Valley Development, and new uses for our thriving High Street; these set an agenda where there will be a real opportunity for you to make a difference.

I need a Head of Planning who will take on the leadership of the planning service, think innovatively about planning within a commercial environment, find creative solutions to problems that will improve outcomes for our customers drive performance; and importantly deliver quality and sustainable place outcomes.

You will have a passion for looking to deliver change within a climate change context – can you help us become the greenest council in the UK? Building on the Council’s commitments around the zero carbon agenda, you will help enable people to live and work locally and develop our thinking around 15 minute cities and its application across development.

Cheltenham is a great place to live and to work. The Council is vital to ensuring the Borough has the services, infrastructure and support that will underpin the growth we are experiencing. If we are to succeed for the long term we will need to work with our partners and neighbours to deliver new homes, new business areas, new heritage and cultural offers and improved connectivity.

The borough has some real jewels in its crown, but we need to be much more proactive in capitalising on these, creating new opportunities for growth, working more efficiently with our partners to ensure co-ordination of effort and driving investment and funding.

We are already taking a leading role in a number of transformative new initiatives, including:

  • Golden Valley development, a smart urban /garden community based around the cutting edge cyber industry and GCHQ's new Cyber Innovation Centre. This is a priority for delivery
  • North West Cheltenham urban extension – Elms Park
  • Investing £100 million to drive forward housing delivery in the Borough.
  • Key town centre regeneration sites
  • Reimagining the future of the High Street, developing our thinking innovatively within the context of a town centre vision to plan for a mixed and vibrant centre
  • Review of Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy
  • Major bids infrastructure bids and delivery, such as M5 Junction 10

We are a small local authority with big ambitions. Do you want to join us and help us continue the path of delivery of our vision within an award winning council?

I see this post as an excellent opportunity for either an experienced Head of Planning with a passion for delivering growth agendas, or a talented and ambitious deputy who has already demonstrated their ability to contribute in a leadership capacity. In return, I can offer flexible working arrangements and a dynamic team that will deliver a service relevant within a modern local government environment, you will be pivotal in helping us achieve our outcomes and placing Cheltenham and Gloucestershire on the map as a place to come and do business, to study to live and to visit.

I hope this brief introduction has fired your enthusiasm to come to Cheltenham and I hope very much to meet you as the recruitment process unfolds.

Good luck!

Tracey Crews
Director of Planning,
Place and Growth

Why Us

Why work for us?

  • A competitive annual salary of up to £60k (incorporating a market supplement).
  • A generous holiday entitlement. As well as bank holidays, you'll get 25 days paid holiday (pro rata if part-time). This increases by one day per year to 30 days when you have been employed for 5 years. You will be entitled to an extra two volunteering days paid time off per year for you to support a charity of your choice.
  • An excellent pension scheme. You will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) which is a nationwide, career average pension scheme. The LGPS also provides valuable life cover of 3 x salary along with valuable financial protection for dependants.
  • A flexible working environment. You will enjoy a mix of home and office working as well as flexible working arrangements.

Professional development

  • As part of supporting staff development, Cheltenham Borough Council run a structured Institute of Leadership and Management Programme on an annual basis as well as offering masterclasses on a wide range of topics throughout the year, working with industry experts.
  • CBC commits to paying for one professional subscription per year.
  • You will also have access to Cheltenham Borough Council’s Learning Management System to access training on demand, you can read more about this here.

Other benefits on offer include

  • A cycle to work scheme
  • An employee welfare service
  • Low-cost town centre parking
  • Local staff discounts

The Opportunity

The opportunity

Job Title:Head of Planning

Salary grade:Up to £60,000 per annum

Location:Cheltenham (can also accommodate flexible home working)

Cheltenham Borough Council is seeking to appoint a dynamic Head of Planning to lead the Council’s multi award-winning planning service at what is an incredibly exciting time for Cheltenham.

Our ambitious place shaping strategy presents huge opportunities for the town and our role in driving forward recovery and economic growth. This role will be pivotal in helping us achieve our outcomes and placing Cheltenham and Gloucestershire on the map as a place to come and do business, to study, to live and to visit. And with a number of high profile, transformative but also challenging projects, there is a significant opportunity for you to make a real difference.

Cheltenham is recognised nationally as a great place to live and work. The Council is vital to ensuring the Borough has the services, infrastructure and support that will underpin the growth we are experiencing. If we are to succeed for the long term we will need to work with our partners and neighbours to deliver new homes, new business areas, new heritage and cultural offers and improved connectivity.

We are looking for an innovative, creative and commercially focused Head of Planning who can harness these game-changing opportunities.

For a confidential discussion about the opportunity, contact Mark Bearn at HAYS Executive on 07872 672290.

Further information:

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How to Apply

How to apply

To apply please provide a tailored CV and covering letter. Please note that your CV should be up to date and demonstrate your experience in the context of this role.

Covering letters should be of no more than 2 pages and should demonstrate your proven ability to undertake the role and meet the criteria set out in this job description and person profile.

Please provide two referees.

Applications should be uploaded via the apply link.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 18th October 2021.

Interviews will be held in the final week of October and the first week of November.

For an informal discussion, contact Mark Bearn at HAYS Executive on 07872 672290 or email mark.bearn@hays.com.

For further information on Cheltenham Borough Council and some of the exciting initiatives and projects that are happening in the town, see:

Location

Site location

Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 9SA