Principal Development Officer

  • Negotiable DOE
  • Wiltshire, England
  • Contract

Principal Development Officer

Location: South West – Hybrid (2 Days p/w in office)

Contract: 4-months ongoing interim

Pay: Inside IR35 - Negotiable


An opportunity has arisen within the Major Projects Service at our client, a local authority in the South West. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Principal Development Officer to facilitate the delivery of a range of Affordable Homes to meet the needs of the Councils residents.


Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and manage the development of new affordable housing schemes to address identified housing needs within Wiltshire.
  • Project manage the affordable housing programme to meet Wiltshire Council's annual target of 500 new homes, utilizing significant investment.
  • Lead inter-agency project teams and collaborate effectively with internal and external partner organizations from the voluntary, private, or public sectors.
  • Provide specialist and technical advice to the Head of Service, colleagues, and Members, including preparing and presenting reports to Area Boards.
  • Devise and implement a robust planning framework for securing affordable housing from new housing development, including writing planning policies and guidance.
  • Research and analyze changing housing markets, legislation, and management approaches affecting national and local housing policy, recommending changes to the Council's systems, policies, and practices.
  • Lead negotiations for affordable housing from private developers, prepare evidence for Planning Appeals and Public Inquiries, and ensure robust section106 agreements are in place.



  • Degree in housing planning policy/surveying or a related discipline, or ability to demonstrate the skills required for working at the required level.
  • Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Town Planning Institute, or other related professional body.
  • Relevant professional experience in the delivery of affordable housing.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of housing, funding, and planning legislation and policy.
  • Detailed understanding of housing legislation and policy, particularly its application in the social housing sector, and the strategic role of local authorities.
  • Understanding of the delivery of housing-related support and cost models for residential developments.


If you possess the required skills, experience, and qualifications and are looking to make a significant impact in the field of affordable housing, please submit your application along with a detailed CV and contact Joe O’Halloran at Spencer Clarke Group on 01772 954200.


Joe O’Halloran Senior Consultant

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