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"We are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. We hope you will be someone who shares that enthusiasm and feels sufficiently energised by the prospect to take a further look at joining us. "

Anne Brereton, Director of Managed Growth and Communities

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Dear Candidate,

Head of Planning, Design and Engagement Services

Thank you for your interest in this role.

Solihull is a great place with an enviable planning agenda. If you already know the Borough you might be aware that it is home to Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre and Jaguar Land Rover’s largest UK site. You might not know that it will be at heart of the new high speed rail network when HS2 constructs the Interchange Station here in Solihull. The Council’s UK Central Growth Strategy sets out how we will deliver this nationally-significant growth in a way that respects the borough’s special character and embraces opportunities for a low carbon future.  

If you join us you will lead the planning agenda for Solihull. Engaging with partners and communities, you will use your energy and expertise to guide the draft Local Plan through to adoption. You will use your vision and place-making knowledge to help shape the masterplans and development schemes being brought forward by the Council in Solihull Town Centre, Chelmsley Wood Town Centre and Kingshurst Village Centre. Building on our work to date, you will ensure we continue to invest in and improve our habitats and biodiversity. Through your leadership of the development management and building control functions, as well as your engagement with local communities, you will put great customer experience at the heart of the service. The scale of ambition here in Solihull gives the right individual excellent professional opportunities and the chance to be at the heart of something truly special.

This hopefully provides an insight into the scope of this exciting role. If we have heightened your interest, you may want to take a deeper look at our UK Central plans and most recent consultation on the Local Plan, together with our Council Plan which sets out our broader agenda and provides further details of our corporate priorities.

You will also be a key member of the Managed Growth and Communities Directorate Leadership Team, so you will need to convince us that you possess excellent leadership and influencing skills together with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners. In particular, you will welcome the chance to do things differently and be able to demonstrate that you can innovate to challenge the norm.

We are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. We hope you will be someone who shares that enthusiasm and feels sufficiently energised by the prospect to take a further look at joining us. 

If you would like an informal discussion about the role or have any questions before applying, do please contact Gary Evans who is managing the recruitment for us either by telephone on 0113 205 6080 or by email at gary.evans@gatenbysanderson.com. 

I look forward to receiving your application.

Anne Brereton
Director of Managed Growth and Communities

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