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Principal Planner (Strategic Sites)

Ref no. BHN572362
Location Cambridge, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Contract 9 Months
Job status Closed

Job summary

Local Authority client seeking interim Principal Policy Planner, hybrid / remote working, for more information please call Adam @ Matchtech on 01489 898881

Key skills required for this role

MRTPI, Strategic Planning, Planning Policy


Local Authority Experience, RTPI

Job description

Our local authority client is currently seeking a Principal Planner (Strategic Sites) on a contract basis. The role is based within the Strategic Sites Team, which is a dedicated and supportive team of approximately 20 experienced professionals. This team is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a sustainable future for the Borough. They oversee large-scale projects related to growth sites allocated in Local Plans.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Strategic Sites Accelerator Pilot Project, facilitating two pilot schemes focusing on accelerated delivery.
  • Assess how different development projects can be accelerated through the planning system, from pre-application engagement through to delivery.
  • Serve as the day-to-day lead for the Accelerator Pilot Project, ensuring effective programme reporting to managers.
  • Play an active and co-ordinating role in the Accelerator Pilot Project Focused Steering Group and Working Group.
  • Work with council officers, master developers, planning consultants, and other relevant consultees to understand the planning processes through project-based assessment.
  • Ensure key tasks and target dates are delivered in accordance with agreed milestones.
  • Engage with DLUHC and provide updates on project progress.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience in planning policy and strategic site management.
  • Demonstrable project management skills.
  • Strong understanding of planning processes and local government policies.
  • Excellent communication and coordination abilities.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team of professionals.


  • Opportunity to work on significant development projects.
  • Engaging and supportive team environment.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Contribution to the sustainable growth

If you are an experienced planner with a background in strategic site management, our client would love to hear from you.

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