Principal Town Planner – Development Management

£37890 - £44863
26 Mar 2021
11 Apr 2021
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Development Management is a service area within Coventry City Council which supports the growth of the city and manages development from inception to delivery.

As a high performing planning department, we deal with a wide range of applications.  We are a dynamic and forward-thinking team with a can-do approach and are always striving to improve our service.  We recognise the importance of developing a strong, robust and resilient team through learning and development.

The service area sits within a larger team alongside Planning Policy and Environment which encompasses a number of individual but related specialisms all focused on delivering a city for those wishing to live and work here. Those specialisms include Planning, Ecology, Trees and Landscape, Urban Design, Conservation, Archaeology and Environmental Protection.

What is the job role?

Are you passionate about Town Planning?

Do you want to influence one of the fastest changing cities in the country?

If yes- we want to hear from you!

We are looking for a Principal Town Planner to join our Development Management Service. You will be a key player in a close-knit team assisting in the provision of a customer focused planning service in the sustainable growth and regeneration of our city.

Please note that this salary benefits from an additional temporary annual £3000 market supplement to be reviewed in July 2022.

Who are we looking for?

To be considered for this role you will be an experienced, enthusiastic and talented planning professional with a proven track record of being responsible for your own wide, varied caseload including major and complex applications.  You will have experience in achieving quality planning outcomes and be able to showcase how you have supported others to achieve the same.

If you are a full member of the RTPI and hold a valid full UK driving licence, then please apply for this role by creating your CV with a covering letter showcasing examples of how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification attached, having specific focus to the following key points. Please limit your covering letter to 2 sides of A4.

  • Where have you lead colleagues or stakeholders to deliver a successful outcome to a planning application or planning related project
  • Where you have worked with colleagues to help develop skills and knowledge base
  • Where you have managed conflicting priorities
  • Where you have worked in a flexible and effective way to deliver successful outcomes
  • Where you have worked as part of a successful team and the contributions you made

For more information and to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Anne Lynch at

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 15th April

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

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