Cookies information uses cookies to make the site simpler. Find out more about the cookies we use.

Close banner

Principal Officer - Urban Design and Landscape

Salary:£39571-£41591 / Grade K

Service Unit:City Development

Closing Date:10/07/2022

Post Number:0621

Contract type: Permanent 

Hours: Full Time

Location: Civic Centre, Exeter

Full information for this post

Related documents

We’re growing!

Exeter is the second fastest growing city in the UK and we have plans to deliver 12,000 homes in the next 20 years. To keep pace we are bucking the trend and investing in all three of our Planning Teams. To support this we are looking for an experienced Principal Officer - Urban Design and Landscape to join our growing team. 

 About you

You will have substantial post-qualification in urban design and/or landscape work. You will have been involved in delivering good placemaking or environmental enhancement schemes, and can demonstrate how you contributed. You will have good project management skills, and be able to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. Most importantly you will know what good development looks like and you are passionate about achieving it.

About the role

The Principal Officer plays a key role in all aspects of planning to deliver high quality development in the city, focusing on raising the quality of urban living through excellence in design, place making and landscaping. You will contribute your expertise in development projects from inception to delivery, and work with colleagues to achieve the best planning outcome. You will work to deliver environmental enhancement schemes, and provide advice to a colleagues, members, stakeholders and developers. You will contribute to policy and guidance, and liaise with other areas of the Council in your duties. You'll attend a range of meetings, including Planning Committee, to give your expert views on developments. 

About the team

This important post sites in the Major Projects Team to help ensure there is a close working relationship with the planners dealing with the most significant developments in the city. 

We apply a One Team mindset – our City Development service comprises of 4 core functions - Development Management covering both major and householders projects, Building Control including Land Charges and our new Local Plans and Policy team. 

Although differentiated by their technical specialisms throughout the 4 functions there is a strong appreciation for collaborative working and each area working to support our shared objectives as a service.  

We are a high performing service - in 2022 our Land Charges team were recognised for their exceptional customer service, coming 5th place out of 326 Local Authority Land Charges Teams in the Customer Satisfaction Award at the annual Awards for Excellence hosted by Land Data and in 2019 were highly commended in the Most Improved Services category. Our planning teams were recently  shortlisted for three national/regional awards.

We value development of our people – we have supported some of our undergraduate level Project Managers through successfully obtaining their Masters in Town and Country Planning. In Building Control we have fully qualified Project Managers who started their careers with us as Building Control Apprentices and we regularly host work experience placements to support the development of wider community members.

What next?

If we sound like the right fit for you and you feel like the right fit for us we would welcome your application. Please click on the Apply button at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively if you would like to find out more about the post, the team or working with us at the Council please contact Matthew Diamond, Assistant Service Lead Development Management (Major Projects) via email at

Interviews to be held 20th and 22nd July 2022.

Our commitment

At Exeter City Council we are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

To support this commitment we will strive to implement reasonable adjustments to support any members of our communities who face barriers in recruitment processes, irrespective of the reason.

We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

If you would like further information on this please contact our HR Team at

Exeter City Council is a Mindful Employer



When this content has been updated

Last updated 14 June 2022