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Senior Planning Officer

Cherwell District Council
Grade H: £35,967.00 - £40,683.50 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2021
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With innovative and large-scale housing developments such as the country’s largest self-build community at Graven Hill, the exemplar zero-carbon development at North West Bicester, and the redevelopment of a former Cold War airbase, Cherwell is committed to doing things differently.

We are an ambitious, growth focused organisation with a commitment to healthy place-shaping. We are a signatory to the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal agreed with Government which supports £215m of investment for new homes and infrastructure across Oxfordshire. We have three urban areas all with planned growth situated within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Cherwell is growing.

Cherwell has attractive countryside lying at the northern edge of the Cotswolds.  Its ironstone and limestone villages, many listed buildings and conservation areas ensure a wide variety of case work.

Organisationally we have a joint management team with Oxfordshire County Council and close working relationships with our neighbouring districts through the Oxfordshire Growth Board.

The Person:

Our busy Development Management team needs a bright, enthusiastic and dynamic individual to lead on the processing and determination of a variety of application types. You will be expected to deal with a range of pre-applications, applications and appeals including those of a complex or controversial nature and/or corporate priority to the Council. You will be expected to provide a high quality, efficient and value for money development management service.

Working with a delivery focused but friendly group of planners you will need to be a self-starter who works quickly, accurately and flexibly.

Delivering high-quality development starts with securing high-quality people. If you are an enthusiastic, skilled and ambitious Planner, passionate about delivering well-planned sustainable communities, you could be what we’re looking for!

The Benefits:

The Council is an equal opportunities employer and has flexible working practices.

  • A generous annual leave entitlement
  • Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme (after one years’ service)
  • Incremental pay award (awarded annually in April after one years’ service)

Closing date: Monday 21 June 2021

Interview date: Wednesday 30 June 2021

For more information please contact Nathanael Stock, Team Leader – General Developments Team, on 01295 221886. 

To download a recruitment pack and apply for the post, please visit our intranet or contact Human Resources on 01295 221767

Cherwell District Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults


These are exciting times at Cherwell District Council. The area is facing high levels of growth and the Council has ambitious plans for the area including developing the largest self-build housing site in the country and supporting the delivery of the Eco Town as a national exemplar development at Bicester.

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