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Chief Planner

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Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
08 August 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Applications are invited from suitably qualified professionals for the role of Chief Planner, a Director post (Pay Band 2). 

The post of Chief Planner is based in the Planning and Architecture Division (PAD), within the Directorate for Local Government and Communities and part of the Directorate-General for Communities. PAD is responsible for the Scottish Government’s policies and decisions on a wide range of planning, place and architecture issues, including the programme for digital transformation of the planning service, and providing the Scottish Government’s front-line services on eDevelopment and environmental assessment.  The planning system is used to manage the development and use of land in the long term public interest. It considers where development should happen, where it should not and how development affects its surroundings. Policy around planning and place is cross cutting involving collaboration across the Scottish Government but including on climate change, infrastructure, transport, economy, environment, housing regeneration and health.

Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework, currently in preparation and being led by PAD, will support the Government’s aspirations for net zero, resilient communities, a green economic recovery and better, greener places.Scotland's planning system has undergone significant modernisation in recent times. The Chief Planner leads implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, the overall aim of which is delivery of a planning service that is efficient, inclusive and fit for purpose which will support the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

This vacancy contributes towards delivery of each of Scotland's National Outcomes  ensuring we support inclusive growth and balance development opportunities with environmental protection to ensure we live in well-designed, sustainable places and that balance development aspirations with environmental protection that make the most of our natural resources and empower communities to play their full part in shaping their places. 

This is a permanent and pensionable Senior Civil Service (SCS2) appointment. 

If applicable, secondment from your existing employer would also be considered. Relocation expenses may be available. 

Further information is available through the candidate pack attached to the advert. If you would like to know more about the recruitment and selection process or if you require any reasonable adjustments please contact Elizabeth Michelakakis (Elizabeth.michelakakis@gov.scot). 

Applications are invited by midnight on 8 August 2021 using the APPLY button below.  You will need to register your details in the online application form and download a separate supporting statement form and send your CV and supporting statement to SCSHR@gov.scot. 

Please note, that in order to progress to the next stage of the process, your supporting statement should clearly demonstrate through examples how you meet all of the essential criteria outlined in the candidate pack.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland. 

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