Principal Planning Officers (3 posts)

Ipswich, Suffolk
£35,444 -£41,025
31 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Are you an experienced town planner or regeneration professional looking for a new and interesting career challenge? Do you want to work with an employer that will value your ideas and positive approach? Do you want the right work-life balance and be able to take advantage of working in a great area, with fabulous countryside, superb sandy beaches nearby, some beautiful historic towns and villages to visit, great culture and convenient access to London and Cambridge?

If so then, we would like to hear from you.

Presently based in the heart of Suffolk, our two councils have now been working closely together for about 5 years, transforming the way we do things, under a single management team. Now with a new Chief Executive in place, we are about to move into the heart of Ipswich to Endeavour House, with great access to Ipswich centre, the mainline railway station and waterfront.

Suffolk is going places as it plans to deliver significant new housing and economic growth over the next 25 years, with significant new infrastructure and key projects proposed across the county.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils are crucial to the delivery of Suffolk's growth plans and will be expected to deliver about a third of all growth being planned for in the county, so these are truly exciting times to be working in the county and with our councils.

To help prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead, we have just prepared a new Joint Local Plan for public consultation which contains proposals and policies to help manage and deliver the growth we need to plan for in a sustainable way. In addition, our impending office move will give us the ability to work 'hand in glove' with our colleagues at Suffolk County Council helping to improve our delivery of new development we are planning for.

We have also embarked on a programme of 'service transformation' over the past year which has included putting a new planning application system in place, embedding more efficient working practices, creating better links to our customers through a new client-side panel, implementing an improved pre-application service and agreeing a re-shaped management team, with experienced leadership and additional resources to lead our development management service going forward.

The new Principal Planning Officer roles will be the 'principal' caseload planners within the teams. In these roles, you will also deputise for the Area Planning Manager roles in supporting committee, briefing lead members and you will play an important role providing professional mentoring for more junior team members. You will also be provided with opportunities to lead on corporate and service improvements.

* Plus essential car user allowance

If you are interested in applying or wish to discuss the roles available informally beforehand, please contact Tom Barker on (01449) 724647 or Philip Isbell on 07740 179172.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply online by visiting our career pages on the Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils’ website:

Closing date: 1pm, 22 September 2017.