Development Management 

Milton Keynes - 3-month contract!

Up to £375.00 per day

Futures Recruitment Services are seeking a highly skilled and knowledgeable Development Management Manager. 

To ensure the implementation of the Council’s development plan for the Borough, and provide advice on all matters relating to Development Management including planning enforcement, to ensure that the Borough is able to provide and meet the Council’s targets for growth, housing, employment, retail, community facilities, waste facilities and provision of minerals sites.


Key objectives for the Development Management Manager:

  • Manage a Development Management Team covering distinct professional sub-teams of Senior Planning Officers, Planning Officers, Senior Enforcement Officers and Enforcement Officers.  They will be managed to fulfil the Council’s statutory, regulatory and planning responsibilities.

  • To develop policy guidance, working practices and regulatory procedures in relation to the separate Planning and Enforcement functions.  Therefore ensuring an up-to-date and relevant context for decision-making on development proposals and enforcement matters.

  • To manage and ensure that the distinct sub-teams of Senior Planning Officers, Planning Officers and Enforcement Officers and other relevant disciplines within the organisation prepare and present planning appeals and court actions in a timely manner ensuring that the best possible case is put forward in support of the council’s decision, and support and if necessary represent the council as an expert witness at public inquiries, hearings and court proceedings.

  • To co-ordinate represent and manage the agendas and presentation of cases to the Development Control Committee/Panels and other working groups, forums or external meetings as appropriate. 

  • To support the Chief Planner in the delivery of the service and deputise at meetings when necessary and to engage with other managers within the organisation to ensure that effective and efficient service can be delivered.


Skills required:

  • Detailed and extensive knowledge of town planning legislation (including enforcement).  Education to Degree level or equivalent in planning or a related subject with a post Graduate (or equivalent) qualification in planning. 

  • Able to prioritise own workload to meet deadlines; can communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, supervises and manages the work of other team members.

  • Able to work alone using initiative; ability to interpret legislation and complex decisions to inform and support recommendations.  Ability to respond positively and constructively to complex and in-depth questioning at Committee meetings and Public Inquiries.

  • To significantly contribute to continuous improvement and respond positively to changes and support others in coping with change, demonstrates a flexible approach to pressure and problem-solving.

To discuss this opportunity in more detail - please contact Kirsty.

Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and ability to perform the duties of the job. 

This vacancy is advertised by Futures Recruitment Services who operate as an employment agency. Due to the high volume of applications received we are not able to reply to each personally and should you not hear from us within 7 days this means your application was not successful on this occasion.

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Futures Recruitment Services

52 South Street

Chichester, West Sussex

PO19 1DS


01243 839286

Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5.30pm

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