Head of Planning & Economic Development

Website Hertsmere Borough Council

Hertsmere Borough Council is bringing forward an innovative growth programme delivered through a new Local Plan and working collaboratively with all Hertfordshire authorities through the Hertfordshire Growth Board to deliver a shared vision for growth and in partnership with five other authorities to deliver a Joint Strategic Plan.  We are actively engaged with our public and private sector partners to deliver new growth opportunities within the Borough.  Hertsmere, with a growing population of over 100,000, is planning future growth within an 80% Green Belt environment. There are ambitious plans including the potential delivery of a new garden village to meet our objective of around 13,000 new homes and new jobs by 2036.

You will take the lead role in delivering our Local Plan. You will work with private sector developers and public investors to deliver a wide range of exciting development opportunities, ensuring growth through the delivery of high quality places with good infrastructure. You will also lead on diverse and unique projects including the recently announced Sky Studios Elstree which has the potential to make a significant contribution to the local economy.

We are seeking a highly motivated and determined individual to drive forward our Planning and Economic Development agenda and to help us to deliver our place shaping and economic ambitions for the borough.  You will be a forward thinking, inspiring and qualified Planning professional with excellent technical knowledge and display the credibility to work in a political environment. You will have the ability to lead, manage and develop services, working closely with elected Members, developers and partners to deliver our key priorities.

Benefits include 26-31 days annual leave (depending on the length of Local Government Service) plus 5 days local discretionary leave, local government pension scheme, agile working, free car parking, free leisure centre membership, cycle scheme, season ticket loans and payment of professional fees.

For an informal discussion, please contact Sajida Bijle, Interim Managing Director on 0208 207 2277.To apply, please access a copy of the job description and application form via www.hertsmere.gov.uk or telephone 020 8207 7475 (24 hour answerphone service).  For further information on the borough and the benefits we can offer you please visit www.hertsmerecareers.co.uk

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Hertsmere is located in southern Hertfordshire – we are 12 miles from Central London, in Zone 6 and within the M25 with excellent road and rail links making London and the Home Counties easily accessible.  The full address is Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA.

Closing date for applications: Friday, 14 February 2020

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