Deputy Head of Planning



Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

Salary: £63,232 - £69,226 (with the potential to reach £82,461 dependent on skills, knowledge and experience)

Reference: A000487

Status: Open

This is a fantastic time to join an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation in a place with centuries old connections to the crown.  The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead consists of towns and villages that are strategically located in the heart of the Thames Valley on the M4 corridor, connected to both the GWR and Elizabeth Line.  It is undoubtedly an exciting place to work and with a new Chief Executive and a strong leadership team in place, presents an opportunity to enhance and develop, both the Royal Borough and your personal career.

The Deputy Head of Planning holds responsibility for Development Management, Specialist Planning functions (including Conservation and Enforcement) and Technical Support. You will provide strategic support to the Assistant Director of Planning in helping to ensure that the planning function (including Planning Policy) operates in a joined-up manner. The post is responsible for the management, delivery and operational improvement of the Development Management Service including determining planning applications in accordance with the up-to-date Borough Local Plan, performance targets, defending appeals and delivering service quality.

You will be responsible for a highly motivated and enthusiastic team who will be looking to you for leadership and support.  Aside from providing a breadth and depth of planning expertise, we’ll need you to demonstrate a firm commitment to individual and team development, whilst retaining a clear focus on providing a high quality and responsive service.

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Why the Royal Borough?

Because you can make a real difference in this busy Borough where there is a great deal happening.

There is:

  • A recently adopted local plan (2022)
  • Strategic and large allocated development sites
  • Commitment to ensuring that future developments are at the forefront in terms of design quality, sustainability and maximising the provision of affordable housing in the Borough.
  • High quality natural environment
  • A team of Conservation Officers working with nationally, regionally, and locally important heritage assets
  • A very active enforcement team
  • Interesting, varied, and challenging workload at all levels
  • Hybrid working – with flexibility
  • Support from the Assistant Director and DM team leaders
  • The opportunity to develop and grow your career.

If you are an experienced and qualified Planner with in depth knowledge of Planning and relevant local authority legislation and policy and who also brings a strong track record of leading a development management team that supports and enables the Council and our communities to realise our ambitions, then we want to hear from you.

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To arrange an informal and confidential conversation with one of our consultants about this role, please contact:

Ryan Powell
Phone: 0121 312 3755

Indicative Timetable

Closing date: Sunday 10 March 2024

To Apply

To apply for this job please click on the Apply button below and fill out the requested information. When prompted, please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4 each).

With your CV, please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will only be contacted if you reach the final stages, and we will not contact referees without your permission.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.