Chief Planner

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £110k

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    29 March 2020

  • Client

    Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Ref: GSe63394

The role of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.

A key task is to transform the housing market to deliver 300,000 net additional homes a year on average by the mid-2020s. We sponsor 12 arms-length bodies to deliver our agenda on the ground and control directly annual budgets of over £10bn in capital spend and £2bn on resource programme We also have wider oversight of the local government system, which has core spending power of over £49bn.  

We are now looking for a new Chief Planner to lead the planning profession in Government and provide assurance on the planning advice and guidance across our demanding portfolio of planning policy and case work. This is an exciting and hugely influential professional leadership role, which works in close partnership with our Director of Planning and reports to our DG, Housing, Planning and Building Safety.

The successful candidate will be at least a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute or equivalent and have senior planning experience across the range of planning work. As the most senior planner in Government, you will lead the planning case-work function, and must be confident providing robust, credible and impartial advice on high-profile, contentious and complex cases to the most senior levels of Government. Resilient under scrutiny, you will also lead engagement with the planning profession and wider development community nationally and help to communicate Government planning policy.

As a member of the Departmental Leadership Team, we will also look to you to contribute to the strategic agenda of the Department. This will include leading on development of the Department’s design policy advice and implementation of the Government’s response to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

This role calls for technical proficiency, wise judgement, political acumen and inspiring, trusted professional leadership credentials. If you think you fit the bill, we would like to hear from you.

Applications from candidates working in any part of the planning profession, whether inside or outside of central or local government, are encouraged.

This is a permanent appointment which will require at least two to three days working in central London, but candidates may be based outside of London for the remainder of the week.  We welcome applications from people wishing to work flexibly, including those willing to job share.

This appointment is regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Closing dateMonday 30 March 2020 midday
Long listing02 April 2020
Short listing17 April 2020
Assessmentw/c 27 April 2020 and 04 May 2020
Final panel15 May 2020
How to Apply

To apply for this post please submit the following documentation by no later than midday on Monday 30 March 2020.

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role. Please pay specific attention to addressing the essential criteria as detailed in this candidate pack.
  • Confirmation of your Right to Work in the UK.
  • Existing Civil Servants should confirm their current substantive grade and probation status (for recent joiners).
  • Details of two referees together with a brief statement of the capacity in which, and the length of time for which, they have known you (referees will not be contacted before final interviews without your express permission). The successful candidate will be subject to final references before an appointment can be formally offered.
  • In line with Civil Service Commission policy, it is mandatory for all candidates to submit the Diversity Monitoring Form in order for their application to be progressed, this will appear online during the application process. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way.
  • If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the separate GIS form.

For an informal, confidential discussion, please contact GatenbySanderson: Matt Malone on 0113 205 6063, Julie Myers on 07595 779915 or Mark Turner on 0113 205 6063.

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx