Interim Head of Planning and Housing
The Client is seeking to appoint an experienced Interim Head of Planning and Housing for a period of between 8 - 12 months.
The Interim Head of Planning and Housing will be an integral part of the Regeneration and Environment Leadership Team reporting directly to the Director. The postholder will also provide strategic and technical advice on strategic housing, spatial planning and development management matters to the Council's Corporate Leadership Team and relevant Cabinet Members.
Specifically, the postholder will lead a small team of professionals delivering the Council's Development Management function, strategic and supported housing services and spatial planning.
Key outcomes from this appointment will be:
- To provide strategic leadership to the Spatial Planning Team and manage the ongoing development of the new South Tyneside Local Plan as it transitions from Regulation 18 to Regulation 19 (Deposit Draft).
- To commission and manage a root and branch review of the Development Management function including process reengineering, customer/ applicant relationship management and data management to embed a culture of enabling and quality of place.
- To support the Service Lead for Strategic and Supported Housing in the review of the Council's Housing and Homelessness strategies.
- To embed enhanced governance arrangements between the Council and its Arm's Length Housing Management Company to ensure that the Council's statutory role as landlord is assured and our duties under the regulatory framework are fulfilled.
An experienced leader in a public sector environment with substantial experience at a Head of Service or Director level in the delivery of housing and planning services.
Strong, effective communicator with a track record for delivering innovation in public services and a professional background in either strategic housing or town planning.
Well organised with proven project management skills and ability to motivate others and develop a long-term vision and plan for investment in service delivery.