Principal Planning Policy Officer
Maldon District lies within easy reach of London and yet, according to The Times, is England’s “best countryside location.” It combines very attractive countryside with 75 miles of coastline, vibrant market towns and historic villages.
It is, however, not a ‘sleepy backwater.’ The District is experiencing unprecedented growth and the Council is balancing the provision of significant levels of housing, employment and infrastructure with the protection of the rural and coastal character, whilst encouraging an ’open for business’ approach towards attracting inward investment and economic development. The Council has moved into the delivery phase of its Local Plan, which is in its latter stages and is expected to be adopted this summer.
As a result of this unparalleled growth, exciting opportunities have arisen within the award winning Development Management Team of the Year (The Planning and Placemaking Awards 2016). These offer a varied and stimulating caseload where two days are never the same. We offer a supportive working environment where there are constant opportunities for your own personal development and professional growth.
About this role
You will effectively contribute to the preparation of planning policy documents and their delivery, at all stages of the plan making and policy development process, including public consultation, and close working with elected Members and other stakeholders.
You will provide direction and guidance to, and mentoring of, Planning Policy Officers.
You will demonstrate high levels of professional expertise and judgement as well caring passionately about delivering excellent customer service.
You will need to be self-motivated and evidence strong management and team working skills. You will be an excellent communicator and be able to work efficiently and effectively, prioritise workload and demonstrate a solution focussed attitude.
You must also have a Full UK Driving License with access to a car and be willing to attend evening meetings.
*We are offering a salary up to £42,562 plus excellent benefits (1% pay award pending) Please note this salary is inclusive of up to a potential 15% salary supplement and a generous relocation package and excellent benefits.
Please complete an online application form by going to this link
In addition to a competitive salary you will be entitled to participate in the Local Government Pension Scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice car lease scheme and will benefit from free parking. You can also receive assistance with child care, discounted local gym membership and payment of one annual professional fee (if applicable). You will also have access to a range of work/life balance policies.
Maldon District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Disclosure and Barring checks will be undertaken according to the responsibilities of the role.
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, culture and experience. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, sex, disability or marital status.