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Principal Planning Officer (DM)
  • Employer: Milton Keynes Council
  • Reference: MKC/21/163047
  • Published: Fri 27/08/2021, 11:45 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 01/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £40,876 - £44,863 + £3,000 Market Supplement
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Milton Keynes, Bucks

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Principal Planning Officer (DM)

Principal Planning Officer (DM)

£40,876 - £44,863 + £3,000 Market Supplement

Closing date: 01/10/2021


Milton Keynes is a rapidly expanding, vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with Milton Keynes Council. So if you're looking for an excellent benefits package and the chance to make a difference, make a move to Milton Keynes Council. With modern working practices where flexibility is commonplace and performance is measured on outcomes and results, alongside a generous holiday entitlement, you can experience a fulfilling job and great work-life balance.

Please note that this role is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK

Already an experienced planning officer, this is a fantastic opportunity to progress your career to the next level, dealing with the most significant and exciting planning applications in the city and our rural areas, at the heart of the Arc.

Key Duties

  • To project manage the process of development proposals (including planning applications and pre-application enquiries)
  • To organise and lead meetings, workshops and other events involving developers, specialists across a range of disciplines and stakeholders to analyse, negotiate or explain the details of a development and its implications
  • To analyse, negotiate and project manage major/complex development proposals and planning cases including Environmental Impact Assessments and negotiating Section 106 contributions as necessary
  • Prepare and present reports based on professional knowledge and expertise on planning and other applications to councillors and the public at Development Control Committee and Panel Meetings
  • Provide support, guidance and mentoring to Planning Officers, and other members of the Development Management Team
  • Assist in providing a Development Management advice service to the Public, elected Members, other council directorates, Parish/Town Councils, developers, development professionals and the business community
  • Assist the Head of Planning, and Development Management Managers in meeting national and local Development Management targets
  • Prepare written evidence for planning appeals to support the Council’s Decision; and represent the Council as an expert witness at public Inquiries
  • To negotiate financial sums and / or physical improvements with developers to provide public benefits from development and ensure that development proposals make adequate provision for infrastructure
  • To line manage up to 3 Development Service Officers providing professional advice and support

Experience, Qualifications and any Mandatory Requirements

  • Education to Degree level or equivalent in planning or a related subject with a postgraduate (or equivalent) qualification in planning
  • Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning institute
  • A detailed and extensive knowledge of town planning legislation

Skills Required

  • Able to prioritise own workload to meet deadlines
  • Ability to use computer systems and database to manage case files
  • Able to develop effective working relationships
  • Good communicator with the ability to work in potentially confrontational or emotive situations with tact and understanding
  • Ability to support, mentor and develop others within the Team
  • Able to work alone using initiative
  • Ability to interpret legislation and complex decisions to inform and support recommendations
  • Ability to respond positively and constructively to complex and in-depth questioning at Committee meetings and Public Inquiries
  • To contribute to continuous improvement and respond positively to changes and support others in coping with change
  • Ability to work to deadlines; responsible for the management and progress of own case files

Departmental Benefits of this role

  • Flexible working; most posts in the Service are classified as home-based and are supplied with IT equipment to enable fully remote working