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Principal and Senior Policy Planners

South Cambridgeshire District Council
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Principal Policy Planner - Grade 6: £35,747 to £42,429, plus 15% market supplement (reviewed annuall
Closing date
23 May 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Planning, Policy and Strategy
Local Authority
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Opportunities to shape future growth in dynamic Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire

We currently have a number of fantastic opportunities to work within an innovative team in our vibrant and busy Planning Policy, Strategy & Economy team.  This is an exciting time to join the team that is currently working on a huge range of projects, including developing the first joint Local Plan in an area with the fastest growing city economy in the country, incorporating major regeneration schemes and providing new low carbon districts in Greater Cambridge. 

The range of opportunities within this Shared Service provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop your career, working on some of the most innovative developments in the UK with a group of passionate and dedicated colleagues.

We are committed to delivering a digital first approach to plan making and data driven evidence and we have excellent relationships with local and national innovators in both service design and digitising planning practice from a local government perspective. We are one of the first authorities progressing a digital first local plan and are building capacity and skill in this area, which we would expect all of the roles to engage with.

Greater Cambridge offers a unique opportunity to help plan for the future of the beautiful historic City of Cambridge and its surrounding rural area, which together are home to world renowned universities, hospitals and cutting edge science.  Our combined growth agenda includes a range of new settlements within South Cambridgeshire and urban extensions to Cambridge.  For instance, existing exciting new strategic development projects include Waterbeach new town (11,000 homes), Northstowe new town (10,000 homes) and urban extension developments such as Eddington (3,000 homes) and meeting the planning needs of Europe’s most important biotechnology cluster. The preferred options for our new joint Local Plan include further strategic opportunities to meet our development needs.

We also have clear environmental ambitions and have recently commissioned pioneering work on climate change and meeting net zero carbon to inform our policy development in our emerging local plan.

Greater Cambridge is just 45 minutes on the train from London and is an engine for national economic growth.  We positively encourage flexible working arrangements across our Cambourne and Cambridge City locations, and working at home. We provide excellent ICT support to enable this. If you would like to work in an exciting and enthusiastic team, come and join us! 

We are currently seeking a Principal Policy Planner, who will play a key role in preparing the Greater Cambridge Local Plan and taking it through the plan making process, and should have the ability to lead on particular themes working with colleagues, consultants and partners. To further support this, and other key planning projects, we are also seeking a Senior Policy Planner. We are looking for excellent planning policy skills and judgement appropriate to the role, to take forward innovative policies and approaches.

We are looking for people with the drive to embrace the exciting challenges of this busy Shared Planning Service; there is no better place to develop your career.

Closing date:  9:00am Monday 23 May 2022

Interviews will take place 7 to 9 June 2022



Few areas can match South Cambridgeshire, when it comes to growth. There are 23,500 new homes planned by 2021- and the new 9,500 -
home town of Northstowe on the drawing board too - we’re the fastest expanding district in the East of England.

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