Planning Policy Team Leader

Job Information

Salary: Up to £46,428 p.a plus car allowance

Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time

Hours: 37 per week (open to Job Share)

Location: Hailsham, East Sussex



We are looking to expand our planning policy team and we are advertising a number of roles to support the delivery of our Local and Neighbourhood Plans. Delivering the Local Plan is a key corporate priority and we are invested in providing opportunities for both keen and talented planners at either a Senior level or Team Leader level.

What will you be doing?

This is an exciting time to join us at Wealden. We have high levels of housing need, including affordable housing, pressure to deliver growth in our towns and rural areas, opportunities to deliver employment growth, new and improved infrastructure and community facilities, as well as delivering on our climate change emergency and protecting and enhancing our environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a part in shaping the future of Wealden, to refine your skills and expand your planning experience by leading on a diverse and broad range of priority projects and policy areas, as well as representing the Council at meetings. This will be a challenging but rewarding position and you will be expected to hit the ground running with the ability to make a significant contribution to the progression of the Local Plan, its supporting evidence base and other strategic matters.

What do you need?

You will be a Chartered Member of the RTPI or the ability to meet the full criteria for Chartered Membership, in addition to substantial planning experience at a senior level and a knowledge and understanding of planning issues and policy matters. You will have experience of leading a team, have a flexible approach to work and have excellent problem solving skills. You will also be a team player and a strong communicator with excellent negotiating, leadership and motivational skills.

What do we offer?

We are an ambitious, dynamic and innovative local authority and we are committed to investing in our planning service.

We offer an excellent package, including competitive salary, career average salary pension scheme, an employee benefit scheme offering a range of discounts and salary sacrifice schemes, flexitime and discounted leisure centre membership.

We also offer a friendly, supportive team and opportunities for continued professional development.

Wealden District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities and all applications will be treated on merit.

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact us via email where possible at

Job Description

Closing Date: 24/08/2021

Interview Date: TBC

Post Number: J4025