Career Graded Planning Policy Officer
Grade E - G: £25,471.00 to £37,438.50 per annum
37 hours per week, permanent
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Council’s busy Planning Policy team on a Career Grade
role with the level of appointment depending on the candidate’s experience. The post will be
based at Bodicote House in Banbury with opportunities for flexible working.
We are an ambitious, growth focused organisation with commitments to healthy place-shaping
and climate action. We are a signatory to the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal which
supports £215m of investment for new homes and infrastructure across Oxfordshire. Situated
within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Cherwell is a varied district with a large rural area, the two urban
areas of Banbury and Bicester and further development identified around the village of Kidlington
which will help to meet the needs of Oxford City.
Having adopted a Partial Review of the Plan and have commenced work on a new, district-wide
review. We are a partner in the production of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 working closely with
neighbouring authorities. We have an experienced Planning Policy Team which is actively engaged
with our other services, communities, partners, and neighbouring authorities.
The role will include working with the team and partners to deliver the Local Plan Review,
including the draft Local Plan in the autumn of 2022, and moving quickly to the publication stage in
2023, working with our communities as they develop neighbourhood plans and supporting the
successful delivery of sustainable and high-quality places.
You will be expected to deal with a varied Planning Policy workload. Depending on the
level of appointment, you should have, or be working towards, a post graduate qualification in
Planning and be eligible, or working towards, membership of the RTPI. Excellent written and oral
communication skills are required. More importantly though, you will be a self-starter with
initiative and vision, who can work independently and make a positive contribution to teamwork.
This is a great opportunity to progress your career and work in a friendly, experienced team, in a
great location, and to work on wide-ranging, challenging, and exciting projects.
The Council is an equal opportunities employer and has flexible working practices.
A generous annual leave entitlement. Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme. Cycle to work scheme. Incremental pay award. Investment in learning and development. Career graded opportunities with full support given.
Closing date: Sunday 21 August 2022.
Interview date: w/c Monday 29 August 2022.
For more information, please contact Andrew Maxted, Planning Policy and Conservation Manager.