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Development Officer (Planning) - TE5

Customer Fulfilment
Salary Details:
£37,116 to £40,164
About The Role

Aylesbury Vale District Council are looking for motivated and ambitious Development Officers to work in our Planning Service

You will hold a Level 6 qualification in town/urban planning and be a full member of the RTPI, looking to work in a forward thinking and challenging development management environment.  You will be working in a technical role alongside other experienced planners in our major development team.  We will take your career progression seriously and ensure that you have a caseload that allows you to continue your professional development. 

As an experienced and skilled town planner, you will be working on complex urban and rural developments, making decisions under delegated authority and presenting cases to Strategic Committees.  You will be required to provide advice to a range of internal and external stakeholders and manage a varied caseload of major planning applications. 

You will bring experience of working on large and complex planning applications, but being able to demonstrate commercially-minded behaviours is as critical to this role as your planning expertise and knowledge of relevant legislation.  First and foremost, you will be interested in becoming one of the local authority’s technical experts on planning and development matters and motivated to continue your professional development in a busy planning service.

The Organisation

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) spans the northern half of Buckinghamshire and our offices are located in Aylesbury about 40 miles north west of London with direct rail links in to Marylebone.

AVDC covers the second largest local authority geographic area in England and has one of the highest housing growth rates in the UK, being located just outside the green belt.  Our Local Plan is scheduled for approval by Council this summer and makes provision for over 30,000 additional houses in the Vale.  On top of the opportunities that this growth represents we also have a number of challenging and interesting national infrastructure projects on our doorstep:

  • We are located in the East-West Oxford Cambridge growth corridor with the new Oxford Cambridge rail link passing through our area.

  • We have one of the longest stretches of the HS2 High Speed rail link passing through the Vale with all the challenges and opportunities that poses

  • Aylesbury has been nominated for Garden City status and planning for that development is currently underway.


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Henry Allmand, Group Manager for Commercial Services at hallmand@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

About You

Customer focus & insight – You will ensure that our customers are the driving force behind everything that we do by having a strong commercial focus.  You will provide excellent customer service, delivering value to all our customers.

Delivering results – You will be accountable and aware of what our customers need.  At every opportunity you will look for ways to continually improve the service provided to our customers, working within financial constraints.

Maximising personal potential – You are constantly looking to develop and challenge yourself, maximising  your personal potential and that of others. You will create opportunities and act with integrity to empower  yourself and others, to be the best they can be. 

Building effective relationships – You will collaborate and build valuable relationships, internally and externally, to ensure the success of AVDC, by actively listening and communicating clearly with everyone you interact with. 

Innovating and adapting to change – You are forward thinking and solution focused,  you are confident  working  with others to create, develop and implement new ideas.

About Us
AVDC is at the forefront of changing the way that local authorities work in the future. We have adopted a more commercial approach where we strive to generate income streams and find more cost effective ways of operating.

Our vision is to secure the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of the area. Our aim is to create more business opportunities, so that ultimately we can ‘give back’ to the community. We already have success in providing extra home and garden services for sale to residents under the Limecart brand, and the business support services we offer under the Incgen brand.

We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic, family friendly place to work. We promote flexible working with many opportunities for learning and development, along with an attractive benefits package. We have a state of the art head office at The Gateway, with easy access and free parking.

As an ambitious council with a strong culture based on clearly defined values, underpinned by a Commercial Behavioural Framework, we are looking for enthusiastic, commercially minded, motivated people to be part of our team.

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