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Senior Planning Officer (Policy)

Luton Borough Council
Luton, Bedfordshire
(M2) £35,744 - £38,889 a year plus £4,000 Market Supplement
Closing date
23 Jan 2022

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Senior Planning Officer (Policy)

(M2) £35,744 - £38,889 a year plus £4,000 Market Supplement


Full time

About the job

Luton has an inspiring agenda including delivering the Luton 2040 vision for no one living in poverty and addressing climate change.  We are also working closely with our neighbours to deliver Luton’s unmet housing need, identified in emerging in neighbouring local plans, including at sites to the east of Luton, North of Luton and beyond. This is a powerful agenda for the growth of the Luton conurbation.  Along with its airport, football club and town centre, the town has a growing vibrant mix of communities.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Planning Policy team where you’ll provide a professional advice on planning policy, including the Luton Local Plan, neighbouring Local Plans, Supplementary Planning Documents, design documents and supporting evidence base.

Working closely with teams across the council to develop what are often innovative approaches, to complex urban challenges, including the delivery of affordable housing, addressing concerns with hot food takeaways, houses in multiple occupation, regeneration of the town centre, achieving high quality design and planning obligations.

This role will involve working collaboratively with teams across the council to deliver corporate priorities. You’ll formulate and interpret planning policy and proactively engage and collaborate with communities, businesses and local organisations. You’ll work strategically with a range of external organisations, including responding to consultation documents from MHCLG, nieghbouring authorities and other organisations.

About you

To be successful in this role you must have demonstrable knowledge of the principles and practice of town and country planning and local authority planning responsibilities.  It is vital that you have a degree or diploma in town and country planning or an equivalent qualification or equivalent experience in the field.  We particularly welcome applications from members of the Royal Town Planning Institute or equivalent.

It goes without saying that you’ll have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as you’ll be required to take the lead on discussions with the public, as well as negotiating and persuading developers and other organisations.

You’ll be able to write and present clear reports and policy documents, clearly   explaining what are often complex planning issues.

You must have the ability to formulate and deliver policies and project implementation.

Applicants with expertise in GIS, monitoring, urban design, listed building and conservation, transport planning or airport planning are particularly welcome as we are looking to enhance these areas of the team.

Join us and help us ‘realise the remarkable’ every day.

Interview date: Friday 4 February 2022

Closing Date: Sunday 23 January 2022 at 23:59pm

Vacancy ID: LBC02151

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