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Council HQ Almada Street Hamilton, ML3 0AA
£49,108.06 - £53,725.06 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Job Description

The Council has started preparation of its next Local Development Plan at a time of the significant transformation of the planning system. This includes the recent adoption by the Scottish Government of National Planning Framework 4 and the introduction of new style plans that will focus on the outcomes that they will deliver for people and places.

The Planning Service is seeking an enthusiastic team leader within its Policy team to deliver a Local Development Plan that will address a range of challenging issues including the climate emergency, the nature crisis and enabling sustainable development while meeting the needs of our diverse communities and reducing inequalities.

The post also involves managing the preparation of the Council's Open Space Strategy. You should have significant experience in developing planning policy documents and the management of the different strands of preparing a Local Development Plan. This includes being able to work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders by building good relationships throughout the plan preparation period; identifying and collating appropriate data; policy formulation; and the development and carrying out of a comprehensive engagement and consultation programme.

You will work closely with the Community Engagement team and the Council’s partners and stakeholders You should demonstrate excellent leadership and coaching skills. Customer focus and the ability to evidence experience in contributing to the delivery of solutions in line with business objectives are also key requirements for the post.




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Equal Opportunities and Armed Forces Community Covenant

South Lanarkshire Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages applications from all members of the community. As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum competency/behaviour requirements for the position.

South Lanarkshire Council is committed to providing support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families which is set out in the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Veterans are guaranteed an interview who meet the minimum requirements for the position

Foreign Police Check

Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.


Co-ordinating the delivery of the planning services.

Processing planning, advertisement, listed building, mineral, waste disposal and other statutory applications and issuing decision notices on behalf of the Council; leading, preparing and presenting the Council’s case at Planning Local Review Body, Appeals, Hearings and Public Inquiries; managing the Council’s planning enforcement function.

Researching, preparing, monitoring and review of Local Development Plans, Open Space Strategy and other statutory documents; data collection and analysis; providing advice and guidance on planning policy matters to area teams, other Council services and the Council’s partners and stakeholders; working in collaboration with other services, local communities and partners to deliver the Council’s aims and objectives.

Assisting in the co-ordination, preparation, and presentation of reports to Area, Planning and Community and Enterprise Resources Committees and, where appropriate, to other Resource Committees.

Working with the Executive Director, Head of Planning and Regulatory Services and Area Manager to achieve effective performance through work and performance monitoring/assessment, setting performance targets and conducting regular Employee Development interviews. To meet regularly with the Area Manager to review work progress and performance standards and targets and to appraise the Area Manager of current issues.

The Individual

As an employee of South Lanarkshire Council you would also receive a wide range of benefits including:

  • Enrolment in award winning local government pension scheme
  • Up to 33 days annual leave
  • Public holiday entitlement (up to 10 days)
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Family friendly policies - flexible working, including consideration of a condensed working weeks e.g 4 day working week, maternity/paternity leave, enhanced leave.
  • Employee Discounts – including discounts at the cinema.
  • Range of benefits to support you (Cycle to Work Scheme, Physiotherapy, Employee Assistance Program which offers practical and emotional support)
  • Disability Confident Employer - Employer
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  • Scottish Living Wage
  • Carer Positive Employer in Scotland - Engaged