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Senior Spatial Planning Officer

St Albans District Council
Inclusive salary range from £40,208 up to £44,207
Closing date
20 Jun 2022
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Inclusive salary range from £40,208 up to £44,207 annual salary + £3,500 Market Supplement + up to 18.5% employer pension contribution

Permanent, full-time (37 hours per week)

Location: Flexible

St Albans City and District Council’s Spatial Planning & Design Team is growing significantly, supported by new additional funding from the Council. The team is expanding from 5 to 8 Policy specialists to help us drive forward the Local Plan and cement cross-boundary relations with adjoining Councils. With advice, support and financial investment from the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities and Homes England in our cross-boundary working on the South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan and potential major growth at Hemel Garden Communities, now is an excellent time for positive, enthusiastic and forward thinking candidates to join the team.

In this key role you will provide professional advice, guidance, interpretation and evaluation on all aspects of the work area to service users and colleagues. Taking the lead on the research and delivery of specific policy and projects, you will act as the departmental expert to inform the preparation of an up to date Development Plan and associated documents.

You will project manage and supervise team members and consultants to provide input to projects and take responsibility for project delivery. You will also seek to deliver corporate priorities through the preparation and delivery of an up to date Development Plan and associated documents.

Educated to degree standard or equivalent with professional Membership of the RTPI, you must have considerable knowledge and experience of preparing spatial planning documents for this senior role. In depth knowledge of planning legislation and the government guidance is essential.

An excellent communicator, both orally and in writing, you will have the ability to represent the Council in a wide range of forums from regional agencies to local bodies, together with the ability to supervise and support officers within the team.

In addition to working within a great team and a comprehensive salary you will have access to:

  • Up to 29.5 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Local Government Pension Scheme with current employer contribution up to 18.5% employer contributions
  • Flexible working options (e.g. hybrid and flexitime)
  • Staff Parking Permit
  • Reimbursement of professional fees
  • Comprehensive management development and training to support career development
  • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • Leisure and travel discounts

This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Check. 

For an informal discussion, please contact Chris Briggs, Spatial Planning Manager, on 01727 814600.

For full details visit or email or telephone (01727) 819251 stating your details and the post reference number.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 20 June 2022.

Interviews are scheduled for w/c: 27 June 2022.


St Albans City and District is an historic area incorporating the cathedral city of St Albans, a largely residential town of Harpenden and several attractive villages set in a predominantly agricultural landscape covering an area of 63 square miles, with a population of approximately 129,000. With a variety of leisure facilities, plenty of green spaces and easy access to London and the M25, it is a great place to live and work.

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