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Head of Planning and Housing

Job Description

A Local Authority based in Tyne and Wear is currently recruiting for an Interim Head of Planning and Housing to join their regeneration and environment team as soon as possible.

This is a full time, temporary position and the ideal candidate will be an experienced leader in a public sector environment with substantial experience at a Head of Service or Director level in the delivery of housing and planning services.

The Interim Head of Planning and Housing will be an integral part of the Regeneration and Environment Leadership Team reporting directly to the Director. The postholder will also provide strategic and technical advice on strategic housing, spatial planning and development management matters to the Council's Corporate Leadership Team and relevant Cabinet Members.
Specifically, the postholder will lead a small team of professionals delivering the Council's Development Management function, strategic and supported housing services and spatial planning.

Key outcomes from this appointment will be:

  • To provide strategic leadership to the Spatial Planning Team and manage the ongoing development of the new Local Plan as it transitions from Regulation 18 to Regulation 19
  • To commission and manage a root and branch review of the Development Management function including process reengineering, customer/ applicant relationship management and data management to embed a culture of enabling and quality of place.
  • To support the Service Lead for Strategic and Supported Housing in the review of the Council's Housing and Homelessness strategies.
  • To embed enhanced governance arrangements between the Council and its Arm's Length Housing Management Company to ensure that the Council's statutory role as landlord is assured and our duties under the regulatory framework are fulfilled.

The client is looking to move quickly with this role and as such are offering between £58 p/hour Umbrella Ltd (approx. £1248 p/week NET after deductions) dependant on experience and qualifications. So if this position sounds of interest, email a copy of your up to date CV to or call James at Service Care Construction on 01772 208967
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