Planning Policy Officer/Senior Planning Policy Officer

Location
Oxfordshire
Salary
£24,032 - £28,119 per annum / £37,872 - £42,191 per year
Posted
11 May 2017
Closes
25 May 2017
Function
Planner
Discipline
Policy and Strategy
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Planning Policy Officer

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme.

Position: Planning Policy Officer
Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per annum
Salary: £24,032 - £28,119 per annum
Benefits: A basic 23 days annual leave per annum, rising to 28 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year; flexible working and annualised hours; pension scheme; childcare voucher scheme; free parking.

Interview Date: 5 June 2017

Responsibilities:

- Assist in the production of documents making up the local plan
- Assist with research into a variety of topics as part of the work on the preparation of the local plan and other policy documents
- Assist in writing briefs, employing consultants and managing contracts for specialist work and projects
- Assist the preparation of draft sections of the local plan and supplementary planning documents and papers and reports on them and other planning policy issues
- Attend meetings (including evening meetings when requested
- Assist with consultations on the local plan and other planning policy documents including attendance at exhibitions and meetings
- Provide support for making the Council’s case at the Examination
- Provide advice on and assistance to town and parish councils preparing or wishing to prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans
- Provide professional advice on planning policy and development matters to the public, Members and other professionals
- Assist in the supervision of the work of junior planning or technical officers
- Assist in other aspects of the team’s work including input into county and other larger than local planning arrangements, management of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature conservation and transportation matters
- Assist in monitoring planning policies

About you: 

- A Degree or Diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline, or equivalent level of experience
- Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (for progression to G5)
- Significant experience of working in a planning office including experience of planning policy work is desirable
- Good IT experience in Windows environment and good keyboard skills
- Experience of working within a customer focused environment dealing with the public
- Ability to interpret scale drawings and to be able to read Ordnance Survey maps
- Some experience of interpret policies and law is desirable
- Knowledge of Planning Legislation and Policy
- Achieves results and meets targets

If you have the following experience – it’s a bonus: 

- Additional education in a related discipline
- Hold a full and current driving licence and daily have the use of a car insured for business purposes

You may have experience of the following: Planning Officer, Local Authority, Policy, Town Planning, Council, Planner, Project Management, Planning Policy Officer, Town Planner, Legislation, RTPI, Neighbourhood Development etc.

This vacancy is being advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.
 

Senior Planning Policy Officer

South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices and smart working practices and the technology to support mobile working.

Position: Senior Planning Policy Officer
Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £37,872 - £42,191 per year
Benefits: A basic 23 days annual leave per annum, rising to 28 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. A flexible approach to work; pension scheme; childcare voucher scheme; free parking.

About the role: 

The Senior Planning Policy Officer will join the councils at an important time to help deliver the work of the South Oxfordshire policy team. The immediate focus will be to play a part in preparing for the submission and subsequent examination of the Local Plan that accommodates significant housing growth and supporting neighbourhood plan groups to prepare the numerous Neighbourhood Development Plans they have in preparation. 

Responsibilities:

- Oversee, project manage and assist in the production of documents making up the local plan
- Write briefs, employ consultants and manage contracts for specialist work and projects
- Attend project meetings with internal and external stakeholders (including evening meetings when requested)
- Prepare draft sections of the local plan and supplementary planning documents and papers and reports on them and other planning policy issues, including consultation documents for officers and Members
- Carry out consultations on the local plan and other planning policy documents including attendance at exhibitions and meetings
- Prepare and present evidence supporting the Council’s case at the Examination
- Provide advice on and assistance to town and parish councils preparing or wishing to prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans
- Provide professional advice and training on planning policy and development matters to the public, Members and other professionals
- Assist in the supervision of the work of junior planning or technical officers
- Support development management colleagues in interpreting policy for planning applications

About you: 

- Degree or Diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline, or equivalent level of experience
- Full / licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute
- Significant experience of working in a planning office including experience of planning policy work
- Good IT experience in Windows environment and good keyboard skills
- Experience of working within a customer focused environment dealing with the public
- Good oral skills and experience in giving clear, succinct and well argued presentations - formally and informally
- Confident working with maps and plans
- Ability to interpret policies and law
- Excellent knowledge of Planning Legislation and Planning Policy
- Able to project manage work and other team members input into it

If you have the following experience – it’s a bonus:

- Additional education in a related discipline
- Experience of supporting a local plan through examination
- Experience of coaching / mentoring or managing staff
- Hold a full and current driving licence and daily have the use of a car insured for business purposes

You may have experience of the following: Senior Planning Policy Officer, Town Planning Officer, Urban Planning Officer, Development Management Officer, Planning Officer, Planning Policy Officer, Planning Consultant, Town Planning, Urban Regeneration etc. 

This vacancy is being advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.