Strategic Project Manager (Planning Delivery)
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/21/9716
  • Published: Wed 03/02/2021, 15:15 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/02/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £47,822 - £51,022 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Priory House, Chicksands, Bedfordshire

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Strategic Project Manager (Planning Delivery)

Team: Planning Delivery

Job Family: Enabling, CBG14

Salary: £47,822 - £51,022 per annum pro rata

Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week

Base Location: Priory House, Chicksands

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 28th February 2021 

Interview Date: Week commencing 22nd March 2021

More about the role:

There’s more than one reason why we believe Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. Our attractive market towns and beautiful villages surrounded by stunning countryside, all boosted by a prime location, great transport links and a high performing economy are all part of what makes us great. 

Our Local Plan has always been about more than planning just for homes and jobs. It’s about creating communities. This means planning for new and improved roads and transport infrastructure; and new community facilities and services, such as schools, nurseries, shops, sport and leisure facilities.

We believe we can deliver up to 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years and this level of growth is sustainable. This is in addition to the 23,000 homes that are already allocated or have planning permission. Our aim is to deliver the growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Central Bedfordshire and delivers infrastructure and services to support it. 

Your role

This is more than a normal planning role, you will take ownership of and project manage strategic scale planning applications for up to 5,000 (or more) dwellings and the associated infrastructure. You will need to provide a closely managed, co-ordinated approach to see your project through.

You will provide scrutiny to what is proposed, manage both positive and negative input from key stakeholders, including Member(s), land-owners and residents and negotiate to get the best outcomes the Council and its residents.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a number of large scale new developments and influence what they could bring to the area for its residents and economy.

You’ll have a degree or masters in Town Planning (or related), with significant Development Management experience dealing with large scale, complex planning applications, ideally with both local authority and private sector experience. With demonstrable project management experience, you will be confident communicating with all level of stakeholders of grand scale applications and highly effective negotiation skills.

Your benefits

Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack.

There are excellent development and career opportunities within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.

Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

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To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: Strategic Project Manager 

As part of the application process you will be asked to confirm if you have right to remain in the UK.  If you require sponsorship by Central Bedfordshire Council to work in the UK please state this within your application to us. For more information please follow this link  

*please note the Council is able to sponsor some roles which meet specific criteria laid down by the government*

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Jennie Selley, Head of Planning Delivery, on 0300 300 5535 or email

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role.

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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