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Planning Manager (Strategic Projects)
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/21/164079
  • Published: Tue 09/11/2021, 14:24 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/11/2021, 14:24 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £45,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire

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Planning Manager (Strategic Projects)

Team: Planning Delivery

Job Family: Enabling, CBG14
Salary: £47,822 - £51,022 per annum. Pay award pending.
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week

Base Location: Priory House, Chicksands with opportunities for agile working

Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 28th November 2021
Interview Date: tbc


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 location at the heart of the Oxford Cambridge Arc means we need to ensure we can maintain this uniqueness while delivering the aims and principles of this nationally important initiative.


Our recently adopted 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 will be embarking on an early review of the Plan and these ambitions will remain but will need to be set in the context of managing the ambitions established by an Arc Spatial Framework.


We are currently planning to deliver up to 39,000 new homes and 24,000 new jobs over the next 20 years. 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 and maintain the environmental qualities of the area that our communities value so highly.


Your role


This is an exciting opportunity to work for an Authority that will be at the heart of an area which will be expected to deliver nationally important outcomes yet maintain its distinctiveness, a challenging ambition. To do this you will shape the future of a number of large-scale new developments and influence what they could bring to the area for its residents its environment and economy. You will take ownership of and project manage strategic scale projects and provide a closely managed, co-ordinated approach to see your project through while ensuring they respond to the strategic issues that we face. You will bring skill, ambition and talent and we will provide the opportunities to quickly develop your career.


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.


You’ll have a degree or masters in a Town Planning or related discipline, with significant experience dealing with large scale, complex projects, 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’.

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 Planning Manager


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.