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Lead Specialist - Built Environment (Planning)

Salary: £44,632 – £48,826

Job Type: Permanent

Hours 37

Closing Date:

Job ref: 1870


South Somerset is one of the largest and most fascinating District local authorities in the country. The area has a thriving, diverse economy and is home to world leading, high tech aerospace, engineering and manufacturing businesses. A strong agricultural sector drives world-renowned food and drink production and tourism. The quality of life in our villages and towns is unrivalled attracting many to visit, settle and develop their careers and businesses here. 

The Council has undergone a significant transformation over the last 2 years, which has changed our approach throughout the organisation, including ways of working, how we deliver services to our communities and our structure. Following the COVID-19 pandemic we are keen to recover well, but we aren’t trying to go back to where we were – we want to push forward to new and better ways of delivering for our communities. 

Now we are recruiting for a Lead Specialist – Built Environment. This role is our most senior Planning role, and so you will be responsible for delivering the key outcomes of our statutory planning service, working with a great team of passionate Planners. But that’s not all - you will also be responsible for helping to deliver our Council Plan ambitions to make great “Places where we Live”. This role therefore leads on all aspects that cover the built environment including Building Control, and strategic leadership on our key Housing delivery projects. This really is a strategic leadership role, and we are looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to lead our ambitious plans for change. As well as being an experienced Planning professional, the post holder will require extensive leadership experience, as we are looking for someone who can effect real change and improvements, taking our colleagues along with you as you deliver for our communities. 

We are One Team – Ambitious for South Somerset. To be successful in these roles you will need to be collaborative and share our ambition for doing our best for the council and the communities of South Somerset. 

In return, we offer a progressive place to work with flexibility, extensive benefits and a local government pension scheme, oh and one of the best places to live in the country! Come and be part of an ambitious and progressive organisation, and help us make our ambitions a reality. 

Please contact Netta Meadows, Director Service Delivery on (01935 462200) should you wish to discuss the role in more detail.

Interview Date: 4th September 2020

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