Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils

Principal Planning Officer (Planning Policy)

Amersham, Buckinghamshire
£45,139.00 - £49,653.00 Per Annum
11 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner, Principal

The five existing councils of Buckinghamshire – Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils and Buckinghamshire County Council - are developing plans to create a new unitary council, Buckinghamshire Council, by 1st April 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for all the councils in the county to come together to build a brand new council for Buckinghamshire, that will provide all council services in the county, and will build on the best experience and expertise of the five current councils. We are developing plans to build a new unitary council that is ambitious in its outlook, provides Buckinghamshire residents with simpler ways to access services that they need, and makes best use of public money.

We are looking to strengthen the joint Planning Policy and Economic Development team, based in Amersham, by appointing a Principal Planning Officer. You will join the team at a professionally exciting and challenging time, working on a new joint Local Plan and helping to prepare for the transition to a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire in April 2020.  The Councils care passionately about protecting their environment (e.g. AONB, Green Belt, town and village character) whilst also planning positively to meet local development needs and delivering sustainable development.

In this challenging and rewarding role, you will manage the production process of the Plan and play a prominent part in the public examination hearings, expected to start in late 2019. The Principal Planning Officers will be expected to have a leading role in the examination which will include drafting Council statements, responding to the Inspectors’ questions and being part of the Councils’ team at the hearing sessions. We are looking for keen and enthusiastic candidates who possess a planning degree and have experience of plan preparation and examination.  

Longer term, there will be an opportunity to shape the new local plan for the whole of Buckinghamshire which will be prepared by the unitary council.

For more information about this  post, please contact John Cheston, Planning Policy and Economic Development Manager, on or 01494 586506.  

Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils offer a highly competitive total reward package that’s proven to attract, motivate and retain the best people.  Benefits include: free parking; a flexitime scheme, discounted leisure centre membership, generous holiday entitlements and payment of professional subscriptions.  For more information on our benefits please take a look at our website:

As an equal opportunities employer, the Councils can offer a range of flexible work options and all applications and part-time requests will be considered.

To apply for this job or to view our other vacancies please visit  All applications must be made online by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button and completing the application form.  Please complete the form fully as there will not be an option for you to upload a CV.  For any general queries, please contact Human Resources on 01494 732155 or email us at

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