Planning Policy Team Leader

£48,953 - £53,216
23 Aug 2019
20 Sep 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse Councils have ‘exclusively’ partnered up with Carrington West  to find a dynamic and enthusiastic town planner who has experience in plan-making and with management experience or management potential. The successful candidate will manage the planning policy team at this exciting time as we try to finalise the adoption of the Vale of White Horse Local Plan part 2 and commence the view of the Local Plan.

Main duties and responsibilities

To support the head of service and service manager by:

·         providing input into the creation and deployment of service plans

·         understanding and contributing to budget planning, management and expenditure (overseeing and controlling the budget for your team, as required)

·         maintaining an awareness and understanding of new legislation and/or best practice, relevant to your team, interpreting the resulting implications and developing appropriate policies, procedures and practice to ensure that both councils comply with their statutory obligations, as well as to secure performance improvement and increased customer satisfaction

·         both informing and writing papers for cabinet, council, committees etc.

·         contributing to the achievement of both councils’ overall objectives by aligning the team to identified priorities

·         promoting a positive image of both councils

Line Management

To ensure strong and robust line management of the team through:

·         the day-to-day supervision of employees within your team, including the management of annual leave, annualised hours, sickness and expenses claims

·         leading by example in modelling the conduct, behaviour and values expected of the councils’ employees and establish a working environment within your team in which individuals can excel

·         with support from the service manager, participating in the appointment and development of officers within your team

·         undertaking and recording performance reviews according to HR policy and procedure

·         identifying training and development needs in discussion with the staff within your teams and to encourage participation in any training and development activities

·         supporting HR processes, as requested or required

·         taking initiative for solving issues and problems

·           to cover the duties of the service manager, if required i.e. when the service manager is unavailable through sickness, annual leave or has conflicting appointments

·           ensuring the councils’ policies and procedures are deployed correctly within your team, notably health & safety and GDPR

·           ensuring that diversity and equality are respected and embedded within your team

·           ensuring that consideration and appropriate action is taken in regards to the welfare and well being of employees within your team

·         representing either council equally and without bias to all outside bodies

·         undertaking all such duties and responsibilities determined by the head of service or service manager that is commensurate with the nature of the post

Your essential skills, knowledge and experience

·      significant experience of working in planning, including planning policy work

·      good IT experience in; Windows, including office and excel, plus email and internet, good keyboard skills

·      good project management skills

·      skills and knowledge to plan and organise workload for staff

·      good interpersonal skills with customers and stakeholders, demonstrating an understanding of individual needs

·      able to provide readily understood professional advice to customers and stakeholders, using tailored language specific to their level of understanding needs

·      able to communicate ideas and expectations clearly and succinctly, using plain language

·      good negotiating skills, actively listening to others’ viewpoints and explaining the organisational perspective

·      able to manage a team, providing constructive feedback on performance, and encouraging individuals to take training opportunities

·      excellent knowledge of Planning legislation and a desire to keep knowledge up to date

Your essential qualifications

·      a degree or diploma in Town Planning, a related discipline or equivalent level of experience

·      a minimum of chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

·      significant experience of working in Planning, including policy work


Benefits of working for the council

·         24 days annual leave per anum, rising to 29 after five years. Plus all the bank holidays and time off between Christmas and New Year.

·         Flexible working and annualised hours - plus home working available

·         Salary pay awards

·         Generous pension, including life insurance

·         Free parking onsite

·         Cycle scheme

·         Salary sacrifice car lease scheme

·         Reduced gym membership, free swims, workplace exercise classes, medical schemes, well being appointments, free eye test

·         2 days per year volunteer within the local community

 With a great salary on offer between £48,953 - £53,216 (Grade 9)

If you would like further information on this great opportunity please contact Kevin O'Shea at Carrington West on 02393876034 or

Closing dates for applications Friday 20th September. Apply now not to miss out!


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