Senior Planning Policy Officer

Wokingham, Berkshire
Grade 8: £32,233 - £39,002 (including supplement) Fixed Term Contract until
04 Jun 2018
26 Jun 2018
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Grade 8: £32,233 - £39,002 (including supplement) Fixed Term Contract until June 2019 (Maternity)

We are seeking a conscientious, diligent and highly motivated senior planner to join our planning policy team to provide maternity cover until July 2019.

There could not be a better time to join us.  Wokingham Borough is subject to challenging development pressures that need to be carefully and proactively planned for and managed.

We are progressing a considerable amount of planning policy work including updating our local plan to effectively manage longer-term development.  We are also working in partnership with our neighbouring local authorities to update the area’s minerals and waste local plan.

Wokingham Borough Council is an ambitious and dynamic organisation with a highly regarded approach to delivering growth.  Over 1,400 new homes delivered last year.  The posts provide the opportunity to work in a beautiful and much sought after area, and to develop your career in a supportive working environment.

There is no better place to work for those seeking to gain further planning policy experience or wanting more varied project work.  As part of a team focused on delivering a new local plan, the successful candidates can expect to be working on:

  • Reviewing, updating and commissioning new technical evidence.
  • Reviewing existing policies and drafting updated and new local plan policies through all informal and statutory procedures.
  • Engaging elected Councillors, stakeholders and residents.

In addition to the local plan, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the council on place-based strategy including transport, economic prosperity and housing.

The successful candidate needs to be highly capable and enthusiastic with experience of the planning system and the ability to work on their own initiative.  A planning qualification is desirable.

We are able to offer a competitive salary, excellent terms and conditions, commitment to professional development and flexible working.  Interest from both full-time and part-time applicants is welcomed.

We’d love to hear from you and discuss how you could play a part in strengthening and expanding our planning policy team.  For an informal discussion about these posts please contact Ian Bellinger, Growth and Delivery Manager on 0118 974 6231 or Ian Church (Team Manager) on 0118 974 6450.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 26 June 2018. Interviews are expected to take place between 9th and 11th July 2018.

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Please note that CVs are not accepted.

Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.