Principal Planning Officer - 000621
This is an exciting time for Stevenage Borough Council, with its Local Plan close to adoption, its ambitious growth plans can start to be realised. A comprehensive town centre regeneration scheme is already underway, taking advantage of its ideal locational connections to London and the North via Thameslink, and new settlements on the edge of the town will soon become a reality.
We are looking for Senior / Principal Planning Officers within the Planning Policy Team to take on the challenge of ensuring this growth can be delivered in an effective and sustainable way. The focus of these roles will initially be on implementing a Community Infrastructure Levy for Stevenage and delivering its active travel objectives by embedding sustainable transport into a wide-range of corporate projects and objectives.
The successful applicants will be offered an excellent opportunity to take a leading role in implementing CIL and taking it through the Examination process, produce and update SPDs, and work on large-scale sites, including the town centre regeneration scheme, to promote our active travel objectives, alongside a wide range of other planning policy work. They will take the lead on maintaining strong relationships with local transport partners and bodies, to promote the interests of the Borough Council.
You will have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with members of the public, colleagues and members, to work effectively with stakeholders, and the ability to analyse and formulate robust and effective planning and transport policies. Good written communication skills are essential.
A full knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Acts, the Local Planning Regulations and allied legislation along with a Degree or equivalent recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and eligibility for R.T.P.I. Membership is an essential requirement of the role.
As a proactive local authority that is keen to deliver new homes and jobs as soon as possible for its residents, and a supportive and friendly working environment, Stevenage Borough Council is a great place to work.
What we can offer you
The council can offer you a competitive salary and pension scheme with generous employer contribution rates. We support a healthy work-life balance for our staff; providing flexible working, and a range of family friendly policies including maternity, parental, adoption and paternity leave entitlements. There is a minimum holiday entitlement of 24 days per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 30 days per annum after 10 years’ service. Additional employee benefits include: discounted gym and leisure centre membership, an Employee Assistance Provision, optional membership to an employee discount scheme (CSSC) and travel discounts through SmartGoStevenage. Other transport benefits include access to electric pool cars, bicycles and e-bikes for business use and purchase of bikes through CycleScheme.
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Completed application forms must be returned by 12pm on 19 February 2018.
Please note that Stevenage Borough Council cannot accept CV’s, all applications must be made on the Council’s standard application form which can be found at the below link.
Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Safe Staffing Handbook 2010.
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