“Central Bedfordshire is such a progressive Council, highly rated by our developers as great to work CBCwith, our planning team is so dynamic, constantly making improvements that make a difference. There’s so much going on at the moment with the Oxford – Cambridge Arc and our new Local Plan; it’s an exciting time to be part of our team. These are not your usual planning roles, you will be solely responsible for one or two strategic projects. There will be no day-to-day caseload, just their 5,000-plus dwelling scheme to focus on with all the many aspects involved to maximise the success of the plan.” – Jennie Selley, Head of Planning Delivery


Central Bedfordshire is building its team at the top, too. Jennie Selley, Head of Planning Delivery, is currently looking for two Strategic Projects Managers who, with the support of a Programme Manager, will help shape sustainable place-making, taking ownership of and project managing strategic scale planning applications, such as Marston Vale.



Living in Central Bedfordshire

There’s more than one reason why we believe Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. Our attractive market towns and beautiful villages surrounded by stunning countryside, all boosted by a prime location, great transport links and a high performing economy are all part of what makes us great.


Working for Central Bedfordshire Council

At the council’s building there is a cafe offering subsided meals and an open plan modern working environment. Home working for part of the week is encouraged and there is flexibility around the hours that you work including condensing your working week into less.


Well Connected

The Council offer free parking on site at the Council Offices on the edge of Shefford. Shefford is well positioned to take advantage of the major transport routes including the M1, A1 A1(M) and A6. It is commutable from a wide range of locations including; Bedford, Luton, Stevenage, Milton Keynes, Barnet, St Albans, Cambridge, Aylesbury and North London.

Strategic Projects Manager (Planning Delivery)


Team: Planning Delivery – Regeneration & Business
Salary: £46,542 to £49,656 plus MRS of £5k

Hours:  Full-time, 37 hours per week

Current Base Location: Shefford, Bedfordshire

Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  5th August

Interview Date: To be arranged


*We reserve the right to interview suitably qualified candidates before the closing date, so do not delay in sending through your CV. Apply today!



Our Local Plan has always been about more than planning just for homes and jobs. It’s about creating communities. This means planning for new and improved roads and transport infrastructure; and new community facilities and services, such as schools, nurseries, shops, sport and leisure facilities.


We believe we can deliver up to 20,000 new homes over the next 20 years and this level of growth is sustainable. This is in addition to the 23,000 homes that are already allocated or have planning permission. Our aim is to deliver the growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Central Bedfordshire and delivers infrastructure and services to support it.


Your role

This is more than a normal planning role, you will take ownership of and project manage strategic scale planning applications for up to 5,000 (or more) dwellings and the associated infrastructure and you will need to provide a closely managed, co-ordinated approach to see your project through.


You will provide scrutiny to what is proposed, manage both positive and negative input from key stakeholders, including Member(s), land owners and residents and negotiate to get the best outcomes the Council and its residents.


This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a number of large scale new developments and influence what they could bring to the area for its residents and economy.


Your Qualifications

You’ll have a degree or masters in Town Planning (or related subject), with significant Development Management experience dealing with large scale, complex planning applications. With demonstrable project management experience, you will be confident communicating with all level of stakeholders of grand scale applications and have highly effective negotiation skills.


Your benefits

 Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack. There are excellent development and career opportunities within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff. We have also been shortlisted for the RTPI Planning Authority of the Year 2019. Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.



Apply Now with your CV 


To apply for this role, you will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack: Strategic Project Manager Recruitment Pack


You can apply for the role by submitting your CV below or alternatively, you can send your CV to shaun@lewisdavey.com


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire ‘A great place to live and work’.

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


Apply now by submitting your CV to Shaun Lewis below: