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Principal Minerals & Waste Planning Officer

Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House, Shefford
£43,966 - £47,822 per annum (Market Rate Supplement of £3,000 applies)
Closing date
9 Nov 2021

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Salary Band
£40,000 - £49,999
Contract Type
Full Time
Minerals/Waste, Planning
Officer, Planner
Local Authority
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Team: Minerals and Waste

Job Family: Enabling CBG13

Principal Minerals & Waste Planning Officer

Salary: £43,966 - £47,822 per annum (Market Rate Supplement of £3,000 applies)
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week
Base Location: Priory House, Shefford
Contract Type: Permanent

More about the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Planning Officer to join us within our Shared Minerals and Waste Team. This is a really exciting time for you to join Central Bedfordshire Council. As one of the largest Unitary Authorities in the country, our unique geographical location means we are at the forefront 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.

You will be responsible for helping to deliver the Council's statutory functions focusing on the creation of evidence-based policies and guidance for minerals and waste.  You will be involved in regional 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.

Your Role & Responsibilities

You will work closely with, and support, the two other unitary authorities in Bedfordshire, taking the lead on the Minerals and Waste Local Plan review, as well as providing guidance to planning and support officers.

As a dynamic Planning Officer, your role will be varied, and your knowledge and professional experience will contribute to a number of key workstreams. You will play a pivotal role in the next minerals and waste local plan, working with both internal and external stakeholders, leading on topic areas, undertaking local studies as well as commissioning and managing consultants undertaking technical studies.  You will also contribute to strategic projects arising from our prime location within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, including the Councils response and input into the Arc Spatial Framework and will 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 planning policy priorities and objectives and, 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 Councillor’s 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) and 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, as would some experience in minerals and waste planning.

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

When you join the Central Bedfordshire Council family, you will have access to numerous benefits, including membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, full IT equipment to enable agile working including a laptop, smartphone and additional screens if required, generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts.

As a recognised RTPI Learning Partner, which demonstrates our commitment to the training and development of our staff; and a Finalist in the RTPI East of England Awards for Planning Excellence 2020, you will have access to learning and continuous professional development opportunities through regular attendance at relevant and up to date internal and external courses and workshops.

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’.

To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack.

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Roy Romans at or call 0300 300 6039.

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at  

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 made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role.

Closing Date: 9th November 2021

Interview Date: w/c 15th November 2021

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