Principal Transportation and Infrastructure Planner - Three Year

Essex County Council

Essex County Council

Principal Transportation and Infrastructure Planner
Fixed Term, Full Time
up to £63,012 per annum
Working Style: Anywhere Worker
Three year fixed-term contract with a potential for extension, subject to budget and workload.

Calling all experienced Transport Planners – are you seeking a new challenge that will help tackle climate change and create well planned communities and environments?

Would you like to have the opportunity to be at the forefront of creating new communities and pushing the boundaries of transport planning? Are you a highly motivated and experienced transport planning professional who understands the complexities of planning and delivering large scale strategic sites and national infrastructure proposals? Are you looking for a new and interesting challenge working for a highly motivated team addressing the infrastructure challenges for new communities and large-scale development? This new role will be demanding yet wide ranging and rewarding.

We are seeking to deliver the best town planning principles alongside embedding new sustainable technologies to create environmentally social and sustainable places that are focused around the needs of people and communities rather than centred around primarily supporting vehicular movements. Thereby applying innovative planning and transport techniques so that new communities will enjoy a high quality of life and healthy environment, where sustainable transport is integrated into the vision, giving genuine individuals genuine choice of possible transport modes. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of a new planning partnership approach between Essex County Council and Essex local authorities to deliver a well planned and designed settlements with strong policy response that puts health, community, and inclusiveness first.

The post, working alongside principal planning officers, is located within the Growth and Infrastructure Team in the wider ECC Planning. Although this post is initially fixed for 3 years, there may well be opportunity for extension, dependent on budget and continuation of the long-term projects for the delivery of new garden communities and new settlements that this role would be leading on. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced transport planner to join our growing and forward-thinking team of planners and transport planners to work on specific challenging residential, employment and infrastructure schemes, policies, and proposals and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

The postholder will be required to work closely with local planning authority teams in Essex. Working as part of the team, you would get involved in different projects at the earliest opportunity, providing a robust and co-ordinated response to growth challenges and opportunities as they arise. Excellent writing, project management, negotiation and communication skills are a must, especially as you will be dealing with detailed and complex issues with developers and other interested parties You will need to have good knowledge and understanding of traffic modelling methods and processes to provide oversight of consultants undertaking this work on behalf of local planning authorities.

Also being the key point of contact for specific site and proposals, this post will work alongside the manager and other principal planners within the Growth and Development team to co-ordinate and deliver a single corporate response to planning applications for major development proposals, garden communities and large scale nationally significant infrastructure projects for Essex County Council; as well as working alongside colleagues in the districts and boroughs to influence placemaking and place shaping in development to ensure that the best schemes are delivered to create sustainable communities.

This is a real opportunity for the right person to shape and influence significant growth projects to ensure that they positively contribute to local and wider communities in the short, medium, and longer term.

Could this be you?

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us and click APPLY

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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  • Location: Remote Worker
  • Job Title: Principal Transportation and Infrastructure Planner - Three Year
  • Salary: up to £63,012 per annum
  • Closed: 6 Jun 2023

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