Executive Recruitment

Head of Planning

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Cheshire West & Chester Council
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
£60,208 to £66,802
Closing date:
15th July
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
15th July 2020
Short Listing
20th July 2020
Final Panel
5th August 2020


Cheshire West and Chester is an innovative and ambitious authority, working towards a vision of a thriving and sustainable Borough for individuals and communities alike, and playing a leading role in the wider region.  The Borough is diverse in terms of its landscape, communities and economy.  As one of the largest unitary authorities in the North West of England it encompasses the city of Chester, an internationally important historic city and a global centre for financial services;  a powerful manufacturing base;  cutting edge centres of excellence for science and innovation;  extensive swathes of countryside; attractive market towns and villages; alongside concentrated areas of urban deprivation. 

We are currently looking for a strategic and transformational leader to join the council’s senior team as Head of Planning (and Chief Planning Officer). This is a pivotal role for Cheshire West and Chester, and you will work with a wide array of colleagues and stakeholders, helping us to deliver ambitious plans for inclusive growth and sustainable, high quality development across the borough. 

We see planning as an enabling and ‘can do’ function, that has a key role to play in securing a carbon neutral future and ensuring that our communities have a real influence over the future shape of the places that mean so much to them.

We are therefore looking for a positive and outcome focused candidate with a significant track record of success in a senior planning role.  If you have the experience, vision and ambition we are looking for please contact our advising consultants.

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To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Luke Judd
0113 205 6077
Philip Emms
0113 205 6078
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