Head of Planning & Economic Development

Employer: Hertsmere Borough Council
Salary: Starting Salary from £68,595 to £77,211 pa plus an excellent relocation package
Location: Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 17/09/2018 at 11:59 AM
Reference: HertBC/18/71413

About the role

Hertsmere Borough Council is bringing forward an innovative growth programme delivered through a new Local Plan and working collectively with neighbouring authorities across south west Hertfordshire to produce a Joint Strategic Plan.  We are actively engaged with our public and private sector partners to deliver new growth opportunities within the Borough.  Hertsmere, with a growing population of over 100,000, is planning future growth within an 80% green belt environment. There are ambitious plans with the delivery of potential new garden villages and suburbs to meet our objective of 9000 new homes and new jobs by 2036.

You will take the lead role in delivering our New Local and Strategic Plans, Housing Zone and other place-focused growth and infrastructure strategies within Hertsmere and the wider strategic area.  You will work with private sector developers and public investors to deliver a mixed range of development opportunities set around a Green Belt environment.

We are seeking a highly motivated and determined individual to drive forward our Planning and Economic Development agenda and to help us to deliver our place shaping and economic ambitions for the borough.  You will be a forward thinking, inspiring and qualified Planning professional with excellent technical knowledge and display the credibility to work in a political environment. You will have the ability to lead, manage and develop services, working closely with elected Members, developers and partners to deliver our key priorities.

About Us

Hertsmere is located in southern Hertfordshire – we are 12 miles from Central London, in Zone 6 and within the M25 with excellent road and rail links making London and the Home Counties easily accessible.  The full address is Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA.

We are a financially stable, forward thinking and commercially minded council with a bright future. We are well positioned to secure growth and prosperity for local people and to make an important contribution to the region and greater London economy. Our Planning Services team is both significant in size and enthusiasm. We undertake a breadth of interesting and challenging work, more and more of which is having a regional influence. You’ll find you will have ample opportunity to hone your skills across a breadth of planning matters, as well our economic development and growth agenda. Working for Hertsmere you will also find we offer an excellent range of benefits, including up to 36 days annual plus discretionary leave, family friendly policies and a firm commitment to your continued professional and career development. 

To read more about our vision for the future click here. 

Click here for our Local Plan.

Application process

We wish to make the application process as straight forward as possible and we just ask that you complete our online application form providing further information against just a couple of specific questions.  You are also welcome to attach your CV to further support your application. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Eleanor Clarke, Rosemeena Khankhara or Sue Wait at Jobsgopublic SmartSearch, our retained consultants, on 020 7427 8255 or email Eleanor.clarke@jobsgopublic.com or rosemeena.khankhara@jobsgopublic.com.

Please note, if you haven't completed your application through the official SmartSearch channel your application unfortunately we will not be able to process your application.

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 17th September

Longlisting and telephone interviews by Jobsgopublic SmartSearch during which you may be invited to undertake a 30 minute telephone interview: w/c 17th September

Interviews: Technical Interviews w/c 1st October

Final Interviews 8th October.


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