The role is accountable for three departments – Regeneration, Assets and Development Services.
Following a recent restructure, the team is strong, with three strong Heads of Service reporting into this role, and high overall levels of performance and reputation. Details of the services in each of these departments can be seen on the current senior organisation chart and there is a clear framework of expectation for this role.
The professional challenge and opportunity – plus the fact that you’re working across two distinct, independent and varied districts – is what makes this role so attractive.
The crucial part of the role is in delivering the Local Plan for each authority, which will both be in place by the time the new candidate takes up their post. This will be the key driver of sustainable prosperity for the Alliance area, and we want to hear from candidates who know how to get the plans delivered. The new Executive Director will join at a very forward-focused point. Because we’re regularly found in ‘best place to live’ surveys, the challenge of meeting demand for new housing is significant, especially in the context of our ambition to deliver more affordable homes. A major objective will be unlocking sites and allocations, and working collaboratively with agencies, funders and developers to make progress. However, employment and commercial space is just as much of a priority: high-value jobs underpin sustainable communities and settlements.
Equally, while some of our town centres are already buzzing, there’s more to do in revitalising them. But there’s wind in our sails: a recent Housing Infrastructure Fund bid provided a £2m boost to unlock 675 new homes, and the news that our Future High Street Fund bid for Buxton has progressed to the second round indicates that we’re on the right track here, too. As part of the Local Industrial Strategy in partnership with our two LEPs – and wider growth plans with two counties – we’re promoting advanced manufacturing, tourism and the mineral products industry. We’re also closely involved in the East Midlands One Public Estate (OPE) initiative, working with other public agencies to transform services.
It’s easy to be ambitious; it’s perhaps more impressive that we have the resources, influence and credibility to deliver our ambitions. This role is an exceptional opportunity to focus on delivering our Local Plans, collaborating with funders, developers and other public-sector partners to achieve our ambitious vision for the future. The service is in excellent shape, and the targets are clear: it’s the perfect springboard for an outcome-focused, experienced and well-networked development professional.