Corporate Manager Strategic Planning

Ipswich, Suffolk
£48,657 - £55,167
31 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Are you an experienced town planner or regeneration professional looking for a new and interesting career challenge? Do you want to work with an employer that will value your ideas and positive approach? Do you want the right work-life balance and be able to take advantage of working in a great area, with fabulous countryside, superb sandy beaches nearby, some beautiful historic towns and villages to visit, great culture and convenient access to London and Cambridge?

If so then, we would like to hear from you.

Presently based in the heart of Suffolk, our two councils have now been working closely together for about 5 years, transforming the way we do things, under a single management team and officer structure. Now with a new Chief Executive in place, we are about to move to Endeavour House in the heart of Ipswich, with great access to Ipswich centre, the mainline railway station and waterfront.

Suffolk is going places as it plans to deliver significant new housing and economic growth over the next 25 years, with new infrastructure and key projects proposed across the county. Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils are crucial to the delivery of Suffolk's growth plans and will be expected to deliver about a third of all the growth being planned for in the county, so these are truly exciting times to be working in the county and with our councils.

To help prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead, we have just prepared a new Joint Local Plan for public consultation (Reg 18) which contains the proposals and policies to help manage and deliver the growth we need to plan for in a sustainable way. In addition, our impending office move will improve opportunities to work 'hand in glove' with our colleagues at Suffolk County Council helping to improve delivery of new development.

We are looking for an ambitious professional to provide leadership for our emerging housing, economic and infrastructure strategies and oversee their spatial articulation by taking our Joint Local Plan through its next stages, including examination, and onto adoption. We have just commenced consultation on the draft plan and are looking for someone with the ambition and confidence to listen to and work closely with our communities; to provide confidence to our councillors and wider stakeholders and to ensure the plan helps to drive delivery 'on the ground'.

* plus essential car user allowance.

If you are interested in applying or wish to discuss the roles available informally beforehand, please give Tom Barker a call direct on (01449) 724647.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply online by visiting our career pages on the Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils’ website:

Closing date: 1pm 22 September 2017.