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Senior Planning Officer

Central Bedfordshire Council
Shefford, Bedfordshire & Home Working
£38,112 to £42,980 per annum
Closing date
18 Apr 2021

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Job Details

Team: Strategic Plan Partnerships / Planning Policy, Strategic Growth
Job Family: Enabling, CBG12

Salary: £38,112 to £42,980 per annum
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week

Current Base Location: Priory House, Shefford & Home Working

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 18th April 2021
Interview Date: W/B 26th April 2021

Senior Planning Officer

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Planning Officer within our Strategic Growth Team.

This is an exciting time for Central Bedfordshire. As one of the largest Unitary Authorities in the country, our unique geographical location means we are at the focus of national conversations around growth. The government has identified the Oxford to Cambridge Arc as a priority area for development and economic investment, with ambitions to deliver substantial growth, which  alongside significant investment in key infrastructure schemes such as East-West Rail, has the potential to act as a catalyst for future growth in Central Bedfordshire.

Working within the Strategic Growth team, you will be involved in a variety of workstreams. You will be responsible for helping to deliver the Council's statutory and non-statutory functions including the creation of evidence-based policies and guidance.  You will be involved in strategic as well as local planning projects from conception to conclusion including supporting the commissioning and preparation of evidence for the Council to support the local and government Growth Agenda as well as providing support into the next Local Plan.

The emerging Local Plan provides a strong basis for delivering much needed homes and jobs, as well as protecting our green and historic assets. However, our commitment to an early partial review of this plan will provide us with the opportunity to consider the impacts of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and the implications of the forthcoming Spatial Framework more broadly and to ensure Central Bedfordshire uses this opportunity to benefit from this ambition, working in partnership with the Government to bring forward higher levels of growth and enhancing our economy.

Your Role

As a Senior Planning Officer, you will work closely with Principal Officers and help support the Strategic Growth Management Teams as well as providing guidance to Planning & Career Grade Officers.

A key element of your role will relate to the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, including contributing to the Councils response and input into the Arc Spatial Framework. You will also contribute to the preparation of the Council’s next Local Plan, including working with a range of stakeholders and commissioning and preparing evidence. You will also contribute towards our strategic partnerships  to inform the development of future growth across Central Bedfordshire, the wider growth corridor, SEMLEP, national strategies and policies, as well as other Council Strategies and Delivery Plans. Your ability to communicate effectively, work under pressure, prioritise and manage workloads to meet identified deadlines all to a high standard, is therefore essential.

You will play a big part in helping to achieve the Council’s priorities and objectives. With businesses and communities depending on your skills, you will find your greatness using your professional expertise in a strategic as well as local environment. You’ll work across the full range of Planning disciplines and with everyone from Councillors to developers looking to you for specialist support and guidance, it’s vital that you understand and uphold best practice.

You will have a degree (or equivalent qualification or experience) in Town Planning, be a member of the Royal Town Planning institute and have policy planning experience working in a forward planning environment within a local authority. Experience in Design and/or with GIS systems, or a willingness to learn new skills in these areas would be advantageous. 

With good political and commercial awareness, and strong communication skills, you will have a gift for helping to influence others and working in partnership and be committed to evidence-based decision making.

Your Benefits

Benefits include membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), Flexitime scheme and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack.

There are excellent opportunities for career progression within Central Bedfordshire Council. We are a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, demonstrating our commitment to the training and development of our staff.  

Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.


Ready to apply?

To apply for this role, please click on the Apply button below to be taken to our website, where you will find further information on the role and how to apply.

You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack: Senior Planning Officer Recruitment Pack

Would you like to chat about the role? Contact Lynsey Hillman-Gamble, Strategic Plan Partnership Manager, on 0300 300 5247 or email

Do you have a query about the application process? Contact The Recruitment Team at


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications submitted via our online system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please click here for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role.

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