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Head of Planning & Building

Test Valley Borough Council
Andover, Hampshire
£76,465 to £84,123
Closing date
24 Jan 2022

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team, Regeneration and Local Economies, Built Environment, Planning
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time
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Opportunities like this are rare. Invest in your future and head to Test Valley, Andover, Hampshire.

The head of planning and building is an exciting role managing a key service within the beautiful Test Valley area, which provides a diverse mix of urban and rural planning matters. It is an area rich in natural and built heritage that requires expert skills and sensitive handling and offers major development areas as well as internationally designated and protected sites. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll help to steer the organisation and develop your leadership potential as part of the council’s top management team. The ability to collaborate and build relationships quickly as well as keeping your team motivated and on track are essential.

You’ll be joining us at an exciting time as we have really big ambitions. We are proud of our track record in delivering housing and affordable housing in excess of our required housing delivery target and we are an outstanding performer in this area. Wider priorities include transforming our main town centres of Andover and Romsey, tackling the climate emergency and developing new ways of agile working.

We are an organisation that truly wants to develop its people in an inclusive and supportive environment. If you are an inspiring leader with extensive experience within planning and development management and are a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, we’d love you to join our team. This role provides opportunities for you to develop as a leader at the highest level.

For more information and who to contact for a chat about the role please click apply below

Closing Date Midday Monday 24th January 2022


The extensive area of the Test Valley borough is one of the most beautiful areas in Southern England.

The River Test and its associated tributaries - the Mecca of trout fisherman - runs through the entire length of the area from north to south.

The countryside is typical Hampshire downland interspersed with woods and copses and high quality agricultural land. The area contains two principal towns, Andover and Romsey. Andover in the north, the larger of the two, is an expanding town with a modern shopping centre and there are plans for a new cinema and theatre.

There is a leisure centre and substantial industrial developments, together with further fully serviced land available for lease by industrialists. Romsey in the south is an ancient medieval town with its Abbey and Broadlands, the home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma. From just south of Newbury to the Northern edge of Southampton Test Valley, like its river, makes up western Hampshire.

The Borough comprises the growing commercial centre of Andover, the country market town of Romsey and the beautiful countryside of the valley of the River Test, centred on Stockbridge. Test Valley must have one of the most diverse characters in Hampshire: its rural character reflects the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, occupying more than 10% of the Borough, some 25 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 38 Conservation Areas and thousands of listed buildings.

Yet on the other hand Test Valley has a vibrant economy with a number of household name companies with local headquarters, low unemployment and business sites totalling well over a million square feet available for development.

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01264 368000
Beech Hurst
Weyhill Road
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