Development Management Group Leader

Salary: £49,590 pa | Location: Huddersfield Advertised on behalf of Kirklees Council

Development Management Group Leader

Advertised on behalf of Kirklees Council

For more information and to apply please follow this link - Development Management Group Leader (Majors, HDM & Conservation and Design Teams) - Kirklees Council (


We are preparing for a bright future which is why we need to strengthen our Development Management team with a Group Leader to manage the Major Applications team, Highway Development Management team and the Conservation, Design, Trees and Ecology Team.  Working in partnership with the existing Group Leader who manages the Area Planning Teams and the Compliance Team you will work together to manage the Group.  There are opportunities at Kirklees with careful and creative management to balance the expectations of growth with our vibrant local communities, the infrastructure requirements and our quality landscapes.

We currently deal with nearly 5000 applications of various kinds every year, one of the largest caseloads in the Yorkshire area.  We have in excess of 4500 listed buildings and 59 conservation areas.  Added to that is a portfolio of stone and aggregates quarries and our position adjacent to the Peak District National Park.

Your main challenge and opportunity to shine will be to balance the competing demands of the Council’s strategic aspirations, community concerns and environmental constraints whilst delivering high quality development through the planning process.

Alongside your Policy Group Leader counterpart and your fellow Development Management Group Leader, you will take a lead role in providing a dynamic Planning Service which is striving to make changes all the time but is committed to the economic growth of the district.  Each Development Management Group Leader will be responsible for leading separate Planning Committees, Planning and Technical teams and most importantly working together as the management leadership team for the DM Group and deputising for each other when required.

Reporting to the Head of Planning and Development you will take an important role in ensuring new development proposals are delivered in a co-ordinated way, you will ensure the service we provide is positive and progressive and always mindful of ever-changing national policy, support the development of our local planning policies and guidance and performance frameworks.

Your task will be to manage the Development Management Service in Kirklees in partnership with your Group Leader colleague.  You will be responsible for directing the overall management of a number of teams which contribute to the development management function.  These include the majors and minerals team, Highways Development Management Team, Conservation, Design, Ecology and Trees Team. Team work is key to success.

At Kirklees we want to be innovative and creative in the way we work to deliver our services to our communities, so we are always looking for better and smarter ways to work.  This is why the Development Management part of the Planning Service needs forward thinking and driven individuals to take us forward.

For an informal discussion please contact Head of Planning and Development,

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.