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Senior Planning Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 01/01/2019 23:59
£35,229 - £38,052
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Planning & Transportation
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Employment Location:
Council Officers, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
1 Jan

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

This is a highly rewarding role in terms of the contribution you will make towards influencing the strategy and policies that will shape and enable the delivery of sustainable communities across South Gloucestershire.

As a Senior Planning Officer, you will be part of the team which has responsibility for preparing the Council’s new Local Plan (2018 to 2036), the refresh of our Community Infrastructure Levy, as well helping to bring forward the West of England Joint Spatial Plan.

Main Work Tasks;

• Progressing the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment for the Local Plan (2018 – 2036). This includes taking forward the deliverable and developable sites as allocations within consultation drafts of the Local Plan and at formal submission and Examination in Public,

• Progressing the refresh of the Councils Community Infrastructure Levy (CiL) preparation and plan viability testing,

In addition to these Main Work tasks, if you have direct or transferable skills relating to the supporting tasks below, we would also very much like to hear from you;

Supporting Tasks;

Local Plan preparation with the experience and ability to work on some, or all of the following work areas;

• Development of Local Plan policy and evidence relating to employment land uses and employment needs, including joint working with other council teams to analyse job growth change/ future employment growth in the district,
• Developing planning policy and strategy for plan-led regeneration and development within either; Urban, Suburban, and/or Rural areas (including release of Green Belt land).
• Retail planning experience
• Acting as an expert witness at Local Plan EiP hearing sessions/ planning appeals.

We welcome applications from those in both the public and private sector with appropriate qualifications and direct/ transferable experience of some, or all the above main work tasks.

Please use your application to tell us about how your experience relates to the work tasks listed above and what you would particularly like to focus on, providing details of relevant experience where appropriate.

General Duties

- Formulate planning policy and prepare supporting research, information and evidence in a timely and efficient way.
- Progress development of planning policy through consultation/engagement, joint working and negotiation with Council officers, Members, other teams, sections, departments and external agencies including developers and the general public in order to secure compliance with legislative requirements and Council objectives and policy.
- Act as an expert witness at hearings, public examinations and at court proceedings.
- Working in multi-disciplinary project teams to develop policy frameworks and feed into preparation of masterplans for major new developments
- Provide complex planning policy advice for development control purposes to implement the Council’s current and emerging Local Plan policies, taking account of relevant national planning policy and legislation.
- Project manage specific areas of policy work, including project management of outside consultants and commissioning of consultants.
- Be articulate and able to effectively convey ideas and concepts to a wider audience and demonstrate an understanding of planning policy as part of the delivery process.
- Represent the Council on external partnerships ensuring that the position of the Council is fully reflected and that the outcomes and decisions are in the best interests of the Council.
- Be a senior advisor to the Council on legislation and practice relating to work under his/her control so that the Council can make informed decisions on planning and related matters.
- Contribute to the formulation of service objectives and priorities identifying any improvements to service delivery, recommend changes to the SPPSA Team Manager and promote the services delivered by the team.
- Plan and deliver the effective use of financial resources and achievement of best value in relation to the post holder’s budget including the management of that budget and participating in the formulation and management of the overall budget for the team.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


1. You will have a relevant professional or equivalent degree level qualification in town planning.
2. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge, experience and/or ability relating to planning policy formulation, development and relevant legislation and practice relating to plan making. And experience of planning work activities within general professional guidelines and/or Council’s policies.
3. Experience and/or ability to lead and work on a selection of the main work tasks, set out in this job summary.
4. You will have experience of preparing for and providing evidence at Local Plan Examination/ Inquiry.
5. Full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute or demonstrate ability to achieve full membership status.
6. You will have good persuasion and influencing skills, demonstrate good creative and logical problem solving ability. Good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, with an ability to explain technical information to non-technical audiences. You will be able to work under pressure and determine your own priorities in dealing with competing workloads in order to meet strict deadlines.
7. You will demonstrate a proven ability to project manage and lead on work tasks.
8. Full clean driver’s licence and access to a car (or able to use another appropriate means of travel) to travel to a range of locations including home visits.


1. You will demonstrate knowledge in the use of appropriate software packages including in house systems such as GIS.
2. Experience of motivating staff to achieve organisational objectives and successful technical outcomes.
3. Experience and/or ability to work on a selection of the supporting tasks, set out in this job summary.
4. Project management qualification

Additional Information

About the team.

The Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Team is responsible for formulating planning policy and for planning policy advice to support the council’s strategic planning functions. As a single team we are responsible for the preparation of the Council’s Local Plan with supporting research and evidence and the portfolio of documents in the Local Plan Delivery Programme and for providing planning policy and environmental specialist advice to development control, other users of the planning service and other parts of the Council. Areas of responsibility include specialist ecology advice, listed building advice, conservation, archaeology, urban design and landscape advice.

The post holder may be required to attend Council meetings which are relevant to their role.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Patrick Conroy Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Team Manager, on Patrick.conroy@southglos.gov.uk 01454 863574 or Carl McClure Principal Policy Officer carl.mcclure@southglos.gov.uk 01454 866152

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Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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