Strategic Planning Specialist

Colchester, London (Greater)
£35,102 to £40,219
19 May 2017
07 Jun 2017
Full Time
Job Level

Are you a looking for a genuine, once in a lifetime career opportunity to be involved in the creation of three large new Garden Communities across North Essex? Do you want to be involved in leading and shaping a pioneering new approach to planning policy that is attracting positive national attention and will make a real difference to the delivery of new settlements?  If the answer is yes then the North Essex Garden Communities (NEGC) partnership would like to hear from you! 

The NEGC programme is a truly unique public-sector led initiative that will set the benchmark for place shaping and delivering housing growth, employment creation and associated infrastructure requirements across North Essex over the next 20+ years.  This visionary and ambitious programme has the potential to re-write the relationship between the private and public sector when it comes to creating sustainable new communities. It is supported by Central Government as one of their largest 'Garden Town' initiatives, and is being delivered in partnership by Braintree, Colchester, and Tendring Councils alongside Essex County Council, and a range of other public and private sector stakeholders.

Given the strategic nature and scale of the NEGC initiative, we have aligned three Local Plans and created a shared planning policy approach to the Garden Communities. As well as a shared 'Section One' chapter within each Local Plan, our planning policy approach involves the creation of up to three joint strategic Development Plan Documents (DPD), one for each Garden Community.

To help us move forward in setting the planning policy framework for the new communities, we are seeking an experienced planning policy professional to lead on the preparation of these DPD's, working with the Local Plan teams within each of the partnership authorities as well as Essex County Council and Government departments, other diverse stakeholders and the local communities.

As well as having strong and demonstrable professional credentials, you will have proven experience of preparing and writing strategic planning policy documentation as well as working in and/or with the public sector and relevant partners in a collaborative way. You should have a strong commitment to the quality agenda given our ambitions for these new communities and also be able to apply a practical knowledge and understanding of planning policy, and the DPD process, in the context of robust and defensible planning policy creation.

If you would like to have an informal chat about this role and the programme, please contact Chris Outtersides, NEGC Head of Programme, on 07867 578548.