- Pay Rate: £21.60 per hour PAYE
- Hours per Week: 24 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
- This opening assignment is for 3-4 months
- Rochdale, OL16 1XU
A part-time experienced Development Manager is required to help support and manage the team for an initial 3-4 month period (with the possibility of a further extension). The development management function is to provide a customer focussed and integrated service through the effective management, performance, improvement, motivation and development of staff to meet statutory and non statutory responsibilities relating to the management of development, and heritage assets, and the proper, timely and effective use of enforcement powers. The Development Manager will support the team with a particular focus on signing off decisions, day to day running of the team and leading on a small number of major development projects.
- To lead the Development Management Service in providing a professional, efficient and cost effective service that meets all legal and policy requirements and performance targets and standards
- To assist in the development and maintenance of effective links with other Council services, partner organisations and external stakeholders
- To apply policy broadly, innovatively and creatively and take the lead role in negotiations on major and complex planning applications and legal agreements
- To be responsible for the effective recruitment, leadership and management of staff within the Planning Service
- To display a high level of professional competency, maintaining a thorough and up to date knowledge of legislation and guidance
- To ensure compliance with service quality management procedures, checking reports and ensuring robust recommendations, enforcement authorisations and decision notices for planning applications
- To attend and provide professional advice on applications
- To advise the public, developers, other professional groups, organisations and individuals and other Council Services, Members of the Council and Members of Parliament on development management issues and procedures offering advice and guidance
- To integrate enforcement and development activity providing effective and timely advice to enforcement staff
- To thoroughly investigate and respond to written complaints
- To advise and/or present the Council’s case on planning appeals including the preparation of statements and proofs of evidence and appearing at public local inquiries as the expert witness
- To support the preparation, monitoring and review of planning briefs, the Council’s Local Development Framework and other Supplementary Planning Documents, guidance and advice
- To manage budgets effectively.
Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.
“Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
- Your address (including post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Recognised qualification in Town Planning or equivalent, affording full exemption from the Final Examination of the RTPI.
- Knowledge & Skills:
- Knowledge of legislation, policies, best practice and emerging guidance relating to all aspects of a development management service, including the effective use of enforcement and heritage controls
- Ability of developing positive working relationships with colleagues, developers, elected Members and local communities
- Ability to lead and manage others, and provide an example where you personally took positive and corrective action to resolve a poor performance issue
- Ability to contribute positively to the delivery of a coordinated, efficient and cost effective planning service
- Ability to utilise electronic information systems, databases and files, and an example of your ability to exploit innovation in service delivery.
- Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
- Experience of managing development management, enforcement, heritage and technical support teams to deliver high levels of performance and project delivery.
- Experience of managing budgets, or interpreting financial information.
- Experience of working across Council services and partner organisations, and with local communities, as part of multi disciplinary teams, to deliver major projects.
- Performance management experience and examples of how you have managed staff, performance and change to deliver service improvement, efficiency and transformation.
- Experience of supervising the work of others, including making effective use of enforcement controls, to ensure quality work and robust recommendations produced and decisions taken to meet service and legislative requirements.
- Committee experience, and of preparing and presenting the Council’s case at planning/enforcement appeals and public inquiries.
- Experience of investigating and responding to complaints made relating to the work of the service, including enforcement work and Ombudsman cases, and an example where you took corrective action.
- Experience and examples of how you applied planning policies broadly, innovatively and proactively to resolve complex planning issues, including persuading others to a particular view
- Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages.
Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:
- Any local authority/public sector experience.
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
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Interim P/T Development Manager – Economy & Environment (IMMEDIATE START)
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