DLUHC: Job Opportunity
Lead on Compulsory Purchase Policy and Reform
£57,446 - £74,766
London / Wolverhampton
The Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities is committed to an agenda for levelling up across the country. To support this ambition, the planning system is undergoing reform. It will deliver sustainable growth including new housing and an improved built and natural environment. Its speed, effectiveness and the behaviours of the people that operate within it are critical to overall success. The Planning Directorate at the Department leads on new legislation and policy to implement the Government’s planning ambitions. The Development Management Division is responsible for a wide range of policy work on planning procedures, dealing with matters such as the planning applications process, planning appeals, permitted development, compulsory purchase, enforcement, and heritage.
A critical part of the Government’s agenda for levelling up is the use of compulsory purchase powers to support regeneration. The aim is to make it easier for land to be assembled to support regeneration and that compensation is fairly agreed. A range of improvements to the compulsory purchase regime are likely to be taken forward in forthcoming legislation and guidance.
An opportunity is now available for a team leader to take forward this important work from July 2022.
The post holder will lead on engagement with the compulsory purchase sector, briefing Ministers and taking forward required legislation governing the compulsory purchase process and developing guidance. There will be cross Government working with departments with an interest in compulsory purchase and with the Planning Inspectorate. The postholder will be responsible for engaging actively with the wider planning reform agenda and working closely with legal colleagues to develop legislative and policy changes. Applications are welcome from candidates with significant experience in working in compulsory purchase and with familiarity with the relevant legislation and policy.