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Senior Design and Planning 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 17/03/2019 23:59
£35,229 to £38,052
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Planning & Transportation
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
17 Mar

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Senior Design and Planning Officer

Summary of Post

This is a highly rewarding role that will lead on the construction and progression of a community design led planning strategy for key urban areas of the Kingswood district, with a particular focus on its High Street and local neighbourhood environment.

Based in the Local Plans team, this post will be required to provide place leadership to initiate and facilitate long term change in partnership with the community and other stakeholders. To achieve this the post holder will need to show a proven track record of being able to:

Work collaboratively and in Partnership.
Engende trust with all to provide professional and community support required for place change.
Change and adapt approaches as circumstances change.
Facilitate good communication (including information, knowledge, data, plans, achievements and problems.)

Alongside this post holder will be responsible for delivering a design led master planning strategy for Kingswood High Street and local neighbourhood environment. This will be an important part of the Council’s new Local Plan (2018 to 2036), contributing to its new Urban Living growth and place based regeneration strategy. The post will also support delivery of a ‘Love our High Streets’ project which is funded by the West of England Combined Authority.

This post is full time and a limited term contract for 2 years.

We welcome applications from those in both the public and private sector with appropriate qualifications and direct experience of urban design and master planning, who can deliver a plan based approach to urban regeneration.

Main Work Tasks

Proven track record of place leadership to initiate and facilitate long term change in partnership with the community and other stakeholders, engendering trust will all who provide professional and community support required for place change.

Utilising urban design and planning skills, develop a strategy and masterplan for Kingswood. This will need to be embedded as statutory policy in the Local Plan.

Preparation/commissioning of urban site appraisals, land allocations and town centre regeneration/ heritage led initiatives to support preparation of masterplan and Local Plan policy for Kingswood.

Lead the commissioning and management of studies that will inform robust plans for the regeneration and development of Kingswood and its High Street. Public realm and street scape, heritage assets and economic strategy evidence are likely to be required.

Working with key internal and external stakeholders and the local community to assist coordination and evolution of local and strategic objectives for Kingswood that will support a range of projects that will shape the future of Kingswood High Street and local neighbourhood environment through plan for regeneration.

Reporting progress to Council Members and to the West of England Combined Authority.

General Duties

Working in multi-disciplinary project teams to develop policy frameworks and masterplans.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of preparation of urban site appraisals/ land allocations and town centre regeneration/ heritage enabling led initiatives to support the council’s new urban living agenda.

Formulate planning policy and prepare supporting research, information and evidence in a timely and efficient way.

Progress development of master planning and 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.

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.

Provide progress and monitoring reports as required to the ‘Love our High Streets’ Project Lead and/or the West of England Combined Authority.

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 Urban Design/Town Planning.

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge, experience and/or ability relating to planning policy formulation, development and relevant legislation and practice relating to urban design and plan making.

Experience and/or ability to lead and work on the main work tasks, set out in this job summary.

Demonstrate knowledge, or experience of urban regeneration issues, including the ability to work with a wide range of Council departments and teams involved in regeneration projects.

Experience working on public realm projects, or planning applications and policy which include elements of public realm design.

Experience of project management, including specific areas of policy work and outside consultants.

Full membership of a Relevant Professional Body/ Royal Town Planning Institute/ Institute of Place Management (IPM) or demonstrate ability to achieve full membership status.

You will have good persuasion and influencing skills and demonstrate good creative and logical problem solving ability.

You will be able to work under pressure and determine your own priorities in dealing with competing workloads in order to meet strict deadlines.

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

Current Driving License.


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

Experience of motivating staff to achieve organisational objectives and successful technical outcomes.

Project management qualification

Additional Information

This post is full time and a limited term contract for 2 years.

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

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.

Salary: £35,229 to £38,052

Hours: 37 hours

Closing Date: 3 March 2019

Vacancy Ref: SGC1394/906/SS

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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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