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Planning Manager (Development Management)

  • Employer: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Reference: PP/23/251380
  • Published: Fri 11/08/2023, 14:36 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 22/09/2023, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,294
  • DBS Check: No
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: Tunbridge Wells - Town Hall, Kent

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Planning Manager (Development Management)

Are you an ambitious Town Planner with management experience, wanting to make that next step?

Do you want to progress your career in a Senior Management role?

Can you lead from the front a team of professional planners to a high standard of delivery?

If the answer to all these questions is YES, then you could be the right candidate for us.


The Plan

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has a clear, coherent, and powerful vision for the future set out in our Building a Better Borough Council Plan which sets out the priorities for our borough.


The Role

The Development Manager role is a key part of the strategic function of the Planning Service overseeing a large team of professionals. You will be a Chartered Town Planner and responsible for managing the end-to-end process of development management. Overseeing preapplication engagement and inquiries, decision making, planning committee, monitoring sites, and successful S106 infrastructure delivery.

You will report directly to and work closely with the Head of Planning in delivering a high quality service which responds to the day to day challenges of town planning, and liaises with Members of the Council, Parish and Town Councils, and other organisations on behalf of the Development Management department.

You will be expected to ensure statutory Key Performance targets are met and reported on a regular basis, attending various committees as necessary. You must be able to physically carry out site inspections. 


People Responsibilities

We’re looking for a dynamic individual who has experience in setting clear targets and managing a team to high standards. You will be leading an ambitious, talented and hardworking multi-disciplinary team and will enjoy engaging in a challenging but rewarding workload.

You will be responsible for planning enforcement across the borough overseeing a team of planning investigation officers and the planning appeals process. The department includes responsibility for conservation, urban design, trees, and the technical team of validation officers

The successful candidate will have a collaborative, positive and proactive approach to planning; a clear and effective approach to people and project management and a desire to get things done



  • 32 Days Annual Leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 35 after 5 years’ continuous service
  • Membership to Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Career development and training opportunities
  • Access to eye care vouchers and VDU Glasses
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to EAP Services 24/7


To find out more take a look at the Job Description and Person Specification below.  For an informal discussion about this post, you can contact Carlos Hone, Head of Planning Services on 01892 554458 or  


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Closing Date:  22 September 2023

Interview Date: 5/6 October 2023