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Chief Planning Officer

Thurrock Council

About the role

We’re seeking a talented Chief Planning Officer to lead our planning function, and in doing so, help the council to capitalise on the immense potential in the borough. Thurrock’s planning function is key to delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, transforming our high streets, ensuring housing provision meets need and supporting key partners such as the Port of Tilbury and the Freeport. Central to this all is landing our local plan, a key programme of activity you will arrive to. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to shape the economic, social and physical landscape of both Thurrock and to transform the lives of residents in doing so.

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As an experienced and resilient planning officer, you’ll bring the leadership skills we need to deliver our local plan, unlocking the economic and social landscape of the Borough. Through the creation of a high performing planning team, you will lead a team that is responsible for a wide range of impactful programmes. This will involve developing trusted relationships with members, developing new partnerships with external stakeholders and understanding how to deliver on what we’ve committed to.
We’re open to candidates from a range of backgrounds, especially those with experience of developing local plans from either the public or private sector. You’ll need to understand the governance required to bring transformative change in local government and how to work as part of a wider directorate that is transforming Thurrock as a place.

To find out more about the role and Thurrock Council, please visit the microsite:

For an informal discussion, please contact:

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 31st December 2023

To apply:
To apply, please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV (three sides of A4 maximum), along with a supporting statement (three sides of A4 maximum) detailing your experience, and achievements and addressing the key criteria for the role set out on this site and using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Documents should be uploaded via our website, please include and upload the below information in two documents only. If you experience any issues whilst applying, please contact

Applications should include:

  • Full contact details;
  • Names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees (we will ask your permission before contacting referees);
  • Details of your current salary and notice period
  • Notification of any dates when you are not available for an interview.

At Tile Hill, we are committed to inclusion and accessibility. We champion and support all individuals to ensure everyone feels valued, listened to and motivated to get the very best out of each recruitment process and that processes are designed to meet the needs of individuals. If you have any specific requests and would like a confidential discussion with the Tile Hill team, then please email

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Thurrock Council

Thurrock, United Kingdom


£94,000 to £106,500

REF: 1482835

Expires: 31/12/23 23:59

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