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Principal Planning Officer (Planning Policy)

Stevenage Borough Council
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
£45,859 – £47,839
Closing date
5 Nov 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
Planning, Policy and Strategy
Local Authority
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This is an exciting time for Stevenage Borough Council, with its Local Plan having been adopted in 2019, 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 a Principal Planning Officer 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 be on implementing and monitoring 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, 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 RTPI 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.

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

  • Pension Scheme: we offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants.
  • Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
  • Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
  • 24 days holiday rising to 30 days (depending on Local Government service).
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities.
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
  • Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC).
  • Discounted Health and Fitness membership at Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL).
  • Trade Unions: for a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.

Our values

We care passionately about our town and are committed to making a real difference now and into the future.

Our approach is driven by Our Values. These guide and inform everything we do; delivering our services, making Stevenage a great place to live, working with our partners, and ensuring SBC is an inspiring place for our staff to work.

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