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Senior Planner

Customer Fulfilment
Salary Details:
£37,860 - £40,968
Advertising End Date:
31 Dec 2018
About The Role

Calling all Experienced Planners

Aylesbury Vale District Council is seeking an exceptional Town Planner looking for a fresh challenge –

  • Are you eager to grow your career in a forward thinking local authority?
  • Are you looking to get involved in new and exciting projects?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level?

If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious planner looking for their next career step.

Your new role

We offer you the opportunity to join our Development Management Team which has recently been restructured to provide improved resilience and enhanced career opportunities. Our aim is to become a top quartile performer, delivering high standards of customer service and development of a quality that we can be proud of. To assist us in achieving this we are growing our teams so we are ready to take on new challenges. You will work within our development management team ensuring delivery of the Council’s objectives for new homes proposed in our emerging local plan.

What you'll need to succeed 

You’ll need to be an ambitious town planner with broad experience, a proven track record and looking to progress your career. You will draw on your knowledge of Planning and the associated local and national legislation and planning policy. As well as an excellent command of planning systems, you will be IT proficient and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. We are looking for planning officers who will fit within our high performing team and have experience dealing with both minor and major applications. They will be comfortable presenting at planning committee and able to offer help to more junior members of the team.

What you'll get in return

Not only is this an excellent opportunity for your own personal development. In return we can offer fantastic structured career progression and a chance to work on a range of strategic projects. You will earn a competitive salary with additional benefits that include generous holiday allowance, flexible working, Local Government pension scheme, free parking on site, smart modern offices, a local station with direct links to London. You will be working as part of a dynamic team, for an organisation that always seeks to promote from within and invest in staff through its internal training programmes.
If you have any questions please call Kevin on 01296 585123 (Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5.30pm) or email kjames@aylesburyvalesdc.gov.uk

On 1st November, 2018  it was announced by the government that the five councils in Buckinghamshire (including Aylesbury Vale District Council) will become a single unitary authority by May 2020. Further details regarding the Minister’s decision are available on our website (https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/modernising-local-government).

Any changes made to the structure of local authorities in the county may affect council employees in the future but we do not anticipate any immediate impact.  Changes are likely to take a period of time and will not affect all areas of the Council.

If you have any further questions, please contact our recruitment team at recruitment@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.
Location, Location, Location!
Aylesbury is set within the beautiful county of Buckinghamshire offering a great lifestyle choice, combining idyllic countryside with rural hamlets and villages. Our smart modern offices are located close to the town centre and near to the Bus & Train stations, shops and restaurants. New housing developments are stimulating the town centre regeneration and include new retail and leisure developments. Aylesbury is a well-positioned town fabulous for families with plenty of options for education including Grammar Schools and a University Campus. We have two theatres: the newly built Waterside by the canal basin and the Limelight in the Queens Park Art Centre offering mixed entertainment of local bands, open mic nights, comedy and theatre. The Odeon cinema on Exchange Street is the local multiplex. The council-owned Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre has two swimming pools and a hi tech gymnasium. We have a local museum located in the old grammar school and only a short train journey from the Roald Dahl museum in Princess Risborough. These are both popular attractions for both children and adults alike.

Aylesbury’s attractive market square is overlooked by the Old County Hall and The Corn Exchange building. The two main shopping areas are Friars Square and the Hale Leys located in the town centre. The King’s Head pub is a fine Tudor building off Market Square owned by the National Trust. This offers locally produced ale brewed locally at Chiltern Brewery.

Garden Town Status – 

Aylesbury was awarded Garden Town status in January 2017, offering a unique chance to ensure that as the town grows, Aylesbury and the surrounding area continues to be the best possible place to live work and visit. The ambition is simple – to create truly desirable communities in a well-planned, sustainable environment that makes us proud. Garden Town status allows us to better plan for the future, and help us to access funding to help build and improve Aylesbury’s transport links and infrastructure.

Well connected -

Trains - London Marylebone (67 mins) or Birmingham (90 mins) Bus - Links to Oxford and Milton Keynes. Air Travel - Luton Airport (50 mins) Heathrow (60 mins) Gatwick (90 mins) 

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