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Planning Area Team Manager

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Peak District National Park Authority, Bakewell
Salary details
Scale K £40,478 - £43,516 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 hours per week
Closing Date
01 October 2023
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We are currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced Area Team Manager to join our Planning Service. As the Area Team Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing a dedicated team of staff who handle development management and monitoring and enforcement activities within the South Area of the national park.

About Us

The Peak District National Park Authority protects, enhances and shares the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Peak District. We also support the economic and social wellbeing of the communities in which we work. As the UK’s first National Park, the Peak District has a rich history and has been shaped by the interaction of people and nature over thousands of years. The Park is enjoyed by millions each year looking for adventure, knowledge and a fantastic day out.

We are based between Manchester, Sheffield and Derby, which makes this the ideal opportunity if you’re looking to break away from city life and commute to the country.

The Role

As Area Team Manager, you will have a significant impact on the sustainable development and preservation of the South Area of the national park.

You will contribute significantly to shaping the future of the Peak District and ensuring sustainable development and preservation of its unique character.

Specifically, you will:

  • Lead and manage a team of planning professionals, providing guidance, support, and mentoring to ensure high productivity and professional growth.
  • Coordinate and oversee all development management and enforcement activities in the South Area.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues and stakeholders, such as local authorities, landowners, and community groups, to ensure consistent application of the Authority’s planning policies, practices and protocols and effective communication and engagement.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance on planning matters to both internal and external parties, promoting best practices and sustainable development principles.
  • Stay up-to-date with relevant legislation, policies, and industry trends.

About You

To join us as an Area Team Manager, you will need an RTPI final qualification with significant experience in town planning, preferably within a national park or similar context and a proven track record of successfully leading and managing people and resources to deliver high quality outcomes.

You should have knowledge of the external environment that the National Park Authority operates in alongside in-depth knowledge of planning legislation, policies and procedures. Strong communication, advocacy and influencing skills are essential as is the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders and make balanced judgement and sound decisions.

Join us in making a positive impact on one of the most renowned national parks in the world. The Peak District offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor recreational opportunities. This is your chance to contribute to its long-term preservation and sustainable development.

The Benefits

* We are currently waiting for agreement on our annual pay award, which will be backdated to the post start date. We are also at the initial stages of a pay review, which will increase the salary of the post, to be implemented January 2024. For more information about the pay review please contact hr@peakdistrict.gov.uk 

  • Local government pension scheme
  • Flexible working
  • Free on-site parking
  • Work from offices based in the heart of the National Park
  • Benefit from stunning surroundings and views on a daily basis
  • Hybrid working arrangements

Our Values

  • Care – We care for the Peak District National Park, the people we work with and all those we serve. It’s at the heart of everything we do
  • Enjoy – We take pride in what we do and feel good about our contribution
  • Pioneer – We were born of pioneers. We will continue to explore opportunities to inspire future generations
  • Further Information

For more information and to access our online application pack, please visit: Planning for the future - your next role with us?: Peak District National Park

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact brian.taylor@peakdistrict.gov.uk  No agencies at this time, please.

Flexible Working

A range of flexible working options would be considered. If you would like to discuss this, please contact us.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Peak District National Park Authority is an equal opportunities employer, values diversity and is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environment is, the better our work will be.

We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role.

Please be aware that Derbyshire County Council is placing this advert on behalf of this organisation and you should refer directly to its website for details of the terms and conditions attached to this post. Any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process should be made directly to the organisation.