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INTERNAL ONLY - Planning Policy Planning Officer (LTC 12 months) P2122/847/EP

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 16/12/2018 23:59
£28,221 to £30,756 (pro rata to hours worked)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Planning & Transportation
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Badminton Road, Yate
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
16 Dec

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

As a Planning Policy 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.

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.

This role offers opportunity to be directly involved in preparing emerging planning strategy and policies, working on innovative and challenging planning issues, which will enhance and develop your professional skills and competencies.

Main Work Tasks;

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

Supporting the progress of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment for the Local Plan (2018 – 2036). This will involve analysing wide variety of data and working with specialists across the council to assist conclusions on potential sites.

Development of Local Plan policy and evidence across a range of potential topic areas, including (but not limited to) town centres, rural growth, biodiversity and heritage.

Supporting development of planning policy, strategy and evidence for plan-led regeneration and development within either; Urban, Suburban, and/or Rural areas, working with parish, town, community and neighbourhood planning groups as appropriate.

Production of the Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessments.

Summarising and reporting of Local Plan representations, provide planning policy advice for development control purposes and respond to planning consultation documents.

General Duties

Contribute to the formulation of planning policy and prepare supporting research, information and evidence in a timely and efficient way.

Support 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.

Be prepared to learn skills to 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 master plans for major new developments

Provide 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.

Assist the project management of specific areas of policy work.

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.

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.

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


You will have a relevant professional or equivalent degree level qualification in town planning.

Experience and/or ability to support and at times lead on a selection of the main work tasks, set out in this job summary.

You will be able to demonstrate appropriate level of 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.

You will have awareness of need for developing 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 with support, deal with competing workloads in order to meet strict deadlines.

Current Driving License


You will demonstrate knowledge in the use of appropriate software packages including in house systems such as GIS and Cadcorp.

Full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute or demonstrate ability to achieve full membership status.

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

Your completed expression of interest should be completed and emailed to hrservicecentre@southglos.gov.uk by the stated closing date .

Salary: £28,221 to £30,756

Hours: 37

Closing Date: 11.59pm Sunday 9th December.

Vacancy Ref: P2212

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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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