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Principal Planning Policy Officer

Chichester District Council
Chichester, West Sussex
Salary up to £47,030 per annum
Closing date
8 Nov 2021
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Salary up to £47,030 per annum (including premia payment and car allowance) £3,000 Recruitment Payment (dependant on experience and qualifications) Potential eligibility for the Council’s Assisted House Purchase Scheme Competitive relocation package (subject to qualifying criteria) 

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Are you looking to broaden your planning experience with the challenges of working in a District which not only has a thriving economy and pressures for growth, but also covers part of the South Downs National Park, the natural beauty of the Chichester Harbour AONB and a rich and varied heritage, including the historic Roman City of Chichester?  

Chichester District is a highly attractive place to live and work, home to a number of  historic towns and villages, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Centred on the  historic cathedral city of Chichester, it is a large rural district stretching from the south  coast to the Surrey border and includes a large part of the South Downs National Park  and the tranquil Chichester Harbour AONB. Chichester District Council offers flexible  working patterns including the option of a 9 day fortnight, in addition to options to buy  additional annual leave, and payment of RTPI subscriptions. The Council promotes a  work/life balance, including the ability to operate from home as well as from the office. 

We are looking to recruit a new Principal Planning Officer to contribute to the Local  Plan Review and help to shape the future sustainable growth of this economically  buoyant and environmentally sensitive area. You will have a demonstrable record of  planning policy work. The role will involve testing and reviewing the evidence base  and refining the Council’s draft Local Plan, guiding the work of more junior staff and  working with Members. The Council published a preferred approach plan in  December 2018 and is seeking to finalise a proposed submission plan for consultation  next year. This is an exciting time in the Policy Team as, in addition to bringing forward  a new Local Plan, the Council is taking a proactive role in securing the delivery of  development, both on greenfield sites and the regeneration of Chichester City  Centre. 

The vacancy is full time. However, applicants from those seeking a part time role will  also be considered. 

Closing date: 8 November 2021 

Interviews are likely to take place w/c 15 November 2021 

For more information about this posts please contact George Whalley, Planning Policy Team Manager on (01243) 785166.  

For full job details, visit (click on Jobs). Alternatively please telephone the Human Resources Section on (01243) 534526 or email

Chichester District Council has a commitment to Equality of Opportunity in  Employment. If you have a disability which makes it difficult for you to complete our  application form please contact the HR Section who will assist you.

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