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Planning Policy Manager

Tandridge District Council
Oxted, Surrey
£55,853 - £62,611
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Planning, Policy and Strategy
Manager, Head of Department
Local Authority
Senior Manager

Job Details

Are you a strategic thinker with a passion for delivering effective planning policy interventions and would relish the chance to work in a beautiful rural authority on the edge of London?  Are you still full of energy and ambition for policy and placemaking despite the on-going uncertainty in government direction?  Do you find yourself thinking of potential creative and innovative ways of plan-making? Do you want to have the chance to shape a new team to make a big positive difference to the lives of Tandridge’s communities and environments?  Do you respond positively to challenges and enjoy thinking about how they might be overcome whilst delivering top quality service.  If so, this role is for you.   

About us 

Tandridge is a largely rural area at the eastern end of Surrey with extensive areas of high-quality landscape and superlative heritage assets.  Its location next to London and Gatwick Airport creates strong housing and other pressures and demands on the district’s beautiful settlement areas and natural environments.  Although the district has faced the disappointment of the demise of its long standing emerging local plan, the Council is now looking forward with excitement to form a new vision for the district and develop a fresh and innovative policy approach going forwards.  The Planning Service as a whole is undergoing a period of transformation and improvement to ensure that we better serve our communities and are able to deliver high quality placemaking and enhanced natural environments.   

The Role 

This role provides a fantastic opportunity to play a leading role in developing the new spatial vision and policy strategy from the very beginning of the process.  It will require creativity, energy and an ability to think innovatively to tackle the unique planning challenges we face in our district.       

This is a great opportunity to further a career in planning. 

The role is: 

  • Interesting and extremely rewarding, designed to help you develop your technical and management skills and experience and to progress your career. 
  • Key to progressing our high profile strategic planning and wider corporate work. 
  • Ideal for someone who likes to work flexibly, with a lively, dynamic, friendly, and supportive team of planning professionals. 

The successful candidate will lead and shape a high performing team of professional planning policy officers and be the main technical policy expert for the Council.   

What we offer 

In addition to the stated pay we are offering membership and contributions towards the Local Government Pension Scheme, flexible working (requiring presence in the office for a minimum of two days per week), flexi-time, payment of a relevant professional subscription and access to a discounted health scheme.  

Training and development will be available as required. 

We offer a friendly working environment with on-site parking and proximity to Oxted Station.  

To be considered for interview 

Please outline and evidence your previous skills and experience with regard to all of the Key Skills and Knowledge listed in the Role Specification: 

Full driving licence and access to a vehicle is required for business use.  



About Us

Tandridge is a local government district in east SurreyEngland. Its council is based in Oxted, although the largest settlement is Caterham; other notable settlements include WarlinghamGodstone and Lingfield. In mid-2019, the district had an estimated population of 88,129.

Tandridge borders the Borough of Reigate and Banstead to the west, the London Borough of Croydon to the north, the London Borough of Bromley to the north-east, the Sevenoaks District of Kent to the east, the Wealden District of East Sussex to the south-east, the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex to the south and the Borough of Crawley, also in West Sussex, to the south-west.

The district contains parts of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Weald. It also contains several woodlands and some open heathland. Elevations above sea level range from 267 m (876 ft) at Botley Hill, in the North Downs near Oxted, to 42 m (138 ft) near Edenbridge.[2]

Company info
01883 732893
Council Offices
Station Rd East
United Kingdom

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