Strategic Project Manager – Central Beds Council

    Central Bedfordshire Council
    Local Authority
    Full Time
    £47,822 - £51,022 per annum pro rata
    Job description

    There’s more than one reason why we believe Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. Our attractive market towns and beautiful villages surrounded by stunning countryside, all boosted by a prime location, great transport links and a high performing economy are all part of what makes us great.

    Our Local Plan has always been about more than planning just for homes and jobs. It’s about creating communities. This means planning for new and improved roads and transport infrastructure; and new community facilities and services, such as schools, nurseries, shops, sport and leisure facilities.

    We believe we can deliver up to 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years and this level of growth is sustainable. This is in addition to the 23,000 homes that are already allocated or have planning permission. Our aim is to deliver the growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Central Bedfordshire and delivers infrastructure and services to support it.

    Your role

    This is more than a normal planning role, you will take ownership of and project manage strategic scale planning applications for up to 5,000 (or more) dwellings and the associated infrastructure. You will need to provide a closely managed, co-ordinated approach to see your project through.

    You will provide scrutiny to what is proposed, manage both positive and negative input from key stakeholders, including Member(s), land-owners and residents and negotiate to get the best outcomes the Council and its residents.

    This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a number of large scale new developments and influence what they could bring to the area for its residents and economy.

    You’ll have a degree or masters in Town Planning (or related), with significant Development Management experience dealing with large scale, complex planning applications, ideally with both local authority and private sector experience. With demonstrable project management experience, you will be confident communicating with all level of stakeholders of grand scale applications and highly effective negotiation skills.

    Your benefits

    Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack.

    There are excellent development and career opportunities within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.

    Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.

    Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire ‘A great place to live and work’.

    For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Jennie Selley, Head of Planning Delivery, on 0300 300 5535 or email

    Closing Date: 28th February 2021

    How to apply