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Assistant Planning Policy Officer

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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 26/08/2019 23:59
£21,589 - £24,799
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Planning & Transportation
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
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Job details 

Closing date:
26 Aug

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

This is a limited term contract until March 2021.

As an Assistant Planning Policy Officer, you will be part of a supportive and hardworking team with responsibility for preparing the Council’s new Local Plan (2018 to 2036), Annual Monitoring Report, the refresh of our Community Infrastructure Levy, as well helping to bring forward the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP).

This role will have key responsibilities relating to research, monitoring, and assisting the formulation and consultation of strategy & planning policy for South Gloucestershire’s new Local Plan.

You will be working on challenging planning issues relating to strategic scale, rural development and urban regeneration that will require innovative solutions and approaches. This role will enhance and develop your professional planning skills and competencies.

Main Work Tasks;

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

a. Assist and supporting development of planning policy, strategy and evidence for plan-led regeneration and development within either; Urban, Suburban, and/or Rural areas.

b. Maintain and record land use and other surveys in order to assist the formulation and review of planning policies and the preparation and analysis of the Council’s Annual Monitoring Report.

c. Assisting production of the Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessments.

d. Summarising and reporting of Local Plan representations and responding to planning consultation documents.

e. Respond to enquiries, questions and requests relating to Planning Policy, from members of the public, developers and councillors and other stakeholders.

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.

- Distribute and present information in a clear and concise manner to elected members, other staff, outside organisations and the public utilising a full range and type of communication formats.

- Provide basic 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.

- Be able to effectively present 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


1. Educated or working towards a degree in Town Planning or a related subject, or alternatively equivalent practical experience of working in front line customer service delivery.

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

3. Knowledge of legislation and current issues facing planning

4. An understanding of the concept of sustainable development and awareness of how development can change and affect people’s quality of life.

5. Ability to research, analyse, present and monitor information and data from national, regional and local information sources using internet and other data retrieval systems.

6. Well-developed communication, presentation and negotiation skills.

7. Skills in word processing, spreadsheets and using databases

8. Good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, with an ability to explain technical information to non-technical audiences.

9. Able to prioritise competing tasks on a daily basis to ensure that projects are completed effectively and that the technical, customer and professional officer requirements are met.

10. Current Driving License


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

12. Eligibility for 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

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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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