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Senior Planning Policy Officer

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Place Shaping Team
Place of work:
South Norfolk House, Long Stratton; Thorpe Lodge, Norwich
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Full Time
Closing date:
25 October 2020 11:30 PM
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£35,485 - £40,770 pa

Do you have a passion and vision to help shape future for growth and planning in South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils? 

Roles Snapshot…

Do you want to join a busy and enthusiastic planning team and deal with a wide range of planning applications and develop your planning career with two ambitious authorities?  Do you enjoying influencing and shaping future development proposals to improve the place we live and work in?  Do you want to build on your planning knowledge by dealing with a wide range of planning applications or help deliver our growth proposals through the preparation, implementation and communication of the Councils’ policies and strategies?

Then read on...

What you could be part of…

You will be part of a committed and forward-thinking Spatial Planning Team working as one team across two Councils and as part of the Greater Norwich Local Plan team. You will be contributing to the preparation, implementation, monitoring and review of the Councils’ Local Plan, associated policies and strategies and undertaking community and infrastructure planning work with internal and external colleagues.

Working at the Councils enables you to be part of an organisation which is proud to deliver high-quality, customer focussed services. Our success comes from us being commercially astute and business-like.  Continuous improvement is also vital and we challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative ways to improve the services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

What you’ll be doing…

  • Liaise and negotiate with developers, site promoters, the public and interested groups to consider issues related to potential developments on allocated sites, potential allocated sites and, in conjunction with development management colleagues, on planning application sites.
  • Research and prepare policy documents, committee reports, proofs of evidence and background evidence studies etc.
  • Ensure the production and timely delivery of planning documents, in accordance with the local development scheme and other projects, including research, evidence gathering, community engagement, writing policies and text, production and presentation of evidence at public inquiries
  • Organise and represent the Councils at consultation exercises, public meetings, exhibitions and public inquiries, including producing and presenting evidence.

You must have…

Degree or diploma in town planning or other relevant subject. Chartered Membership of the RTPI. A minimum of 1 year’s post-qualification experience in a planning environment. Able to demonstrate practical skills required in the planning discipline. Demonstrate the ability to progress multiple complex projects simultaneously and work across disciplines to achieve shared objectives. Thorough knowledge of planning legislation and developments and the ability to interpret, explain and apply this to local circumstances. An ability to prepare reports on complex issues which may need to be presented orally and in writing and be able to deal with any subsequent enquiries. Demonstrate ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines demonstrating strong organisational and prioritisation techniques.

What’s in it for you…

Our package includes:

  • 25 days holiday increasing to 28 days after 5 years service plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time employees)
  • Opportunity to work your hours flexibly to improve your work life balance (where operationally possible)
  • Employer pension contributions of 15% with the option to make additional voluntary contributions
  • Access to our One Team Rewards scheme including discounts in high street shops and restaurants, employee assistance programme and car lease scheme – with more to come!
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Regular reviews with your line manager, develop a personal development plan, as well as opportunities to undertake training
  • Compassionate leave and sickness entitlement for times of need 
  • Support towards volunteering days in the community and encouragement to be involved with fun activities to raise money for local and national charities.

You may still have questions about the role and can contact Paul Harris, Place Shaping Team Manager, 01603 430444 to answer these for you.

Interview date: Week commencing 2 November 2020

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