Senior Planner – Development Management
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC533VR
  • Published: Wed 07/04/2021, 14:30 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 11/05/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 6 (£38,023 - £43,720) per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Senior Planner – Development Management

Medway is an ambitious Authority with plans to respond positively to the needs of a growing population and to continue to build on the ambitions of the Council’s regeneration strategy to be known as a successful waterfront University city noted for its revitalised urban centres, its stunning natural and historic assets and countryside. 

Medway is an exciting place to work for an energised planning professional and has a strong regeneration agenda with large areas of our waterfront currently being regenerated, such as the award-winning Rochester Riverside and with further opportunities at Strood with stunning riverside views across to Rochester Castle and Cathedral.  We have 5 Town Centres, with very different and distinct characters and with Chatham being the city centre.  We have recently been awarded £10m from the future High Streets Fund for work to Chatham to add to our already ambitious programme of work, which is being led by Medway Council through its purchase of the Pentagon Shopping Centre and the current exciting and ambitious redevelopment programme for the riverside being undertaken by the Council’s development arm.  The Council has also been successful in a Heritage Action Zone bid for the historic Chatham Intra riverside area which links Chatham to Rochester.   

In order to help us meet our challenging housing needs figure the Council is looking to expand a couple of large villages on the Hoo peninsula to provide a stunning new market town and to help realise that ambition has been successful in a £170m Housing Infrastructure Fund bid from Homes England.  That funding will enable the forward funding of infrastructure to deliver a new road onto the peninsula; to bring back into passenger use an existing freight railway line and provide a brand-new station; and to provide strategic environmental mitigation including the provision of significant areas of community parks, green and blue infrastructure and ecology mitigation. 

Medway have a vacancy within our development management team following the recent retirement of an experienced Senior Planner.  We are looking for planners with experience and energy, with a can-do delivery attitude, but who understand the need to deliver quality as part of that regeneration agenda while also protecting all that is wonderful in Medway within our historic and natural environment.  Our Planning team includes urban designers, landscape officers, conservation officers, sustainable drainage officers, policy and DM planners, but being a unitary authority, we work closely with our colleagues in highways, environmental health, public health, education as well as the Council’s development company. 

If you have experience in Development Management, have energy and enthusiasm and have that passion for planning and are excited about making a difference and being part of the ambition to continue to make Medway a great place to live, work, learn and visit then we want to hear from you 

There will be a need for site visits and the planning service is based at Gun Wharf, we would be happy to consider flexible ways of working particularly in relation to home working opportunities.

In return we offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ 

Our organisation:

Medway Council is a unitary authority located in Kent, in the south east of England.  The area comprises five town centers alongside significant swathes of rural land, particularly the Hoo Peninsula. Medway is well placed with easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating excellent transport links to London and continental Europe. 

We provide local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services to events such as the Dickens Festival attracting international visitors.

Working at Medway Council will allow the successful candidates to work alongside talented and professional colleagues helping drive forward transformation to improve the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. 

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please e-mail either Carly Stoddart on carly.stoddart@medway.gov.uk or Kemi Erifevieme on kemi.erifevieme@medway.gov.uk  or Dave Harris on dave.harris@medway.gov.uk 

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regard to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date. 

How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

 

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

 

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.



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