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Senior Planning Policy Officer

Employer
Surrey County Council
Location
Surrey
Salary
£40,227 - £44,619 per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2021

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Sector
Local Authority, Public sector
Job Level
Officer, Planner, Senior
Specialism
Planning
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Job Details

The position is for 36 hours per week, full-time, on a permanent contract, with an administrative base at Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ. Whilst having an administrative base, the Planning Team are now working to an agile workstyle, with an expectation that Officers will work out of different locations/venues, including home.

Staff are encouraged to choose the location where they think will be most productive and have access to technology to connect with team members.
You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme.

Surrey County Council is an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups.

Are you looking for an opportunity to build on your planning career?

Surrey County Council is within a two-tier local government area and provides a planning service for 1.2 million residents with statutory responsibility for minerals and waste planning.

As well as minerals and waste policy and development management the county council is involved in a variety of projects at a strategic level such as: spatial planning, transport, economic policy, and strategic infrastructure planning.

  • Minerals are essential for the building and maintenance of homes, commercial and industrial buildings, schools, and hospitals as well as transport and utility network improvements. Maintaining the supply of minerals and safeguarding mineral resources from sterilisation is integral in enabling development. Surrey’s mineral resources include sand and gravel; clay; silica sand; chalk; oil and gas.
  • Over three million tonnes of waste is generated annually in Surrey, which requires increased rates of reuse and recycling as well as sustainable waste management infrastructure that drives waste management up the waste hierarchy.
  • Surrey is recognised as a powerhouse of the British economy and provides the largest net contribution to the UK Government after London. It is also the most wooded county in England, some 25% of it is covered by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and about 73% of it is designated Metropolitan Green \Belt.

Surrey County Council’s Minerals and Waste Policy Team seeks to ensure that Surrey meets its need for mineral resources and sustainable waste management by producing and maintaining a portfolio of development plans and related documents including annual monitoring reports. To help Surrey County Council meet its statutory planning obligations and achieve its wider goals we have an opportunity for a Senior Planning Policy Officer to
join our team.

As an important member of our small but friendly team, you will play a leading role in the making of the county council’s first joint minerals and waste local plan right from the outset.

As part of this, you can expect to take ownership for work-streams; carry out research, commission technical studies and manage technical evidence and draft policies. You will engage with elected councillors, stakeholders, and our residents through public consultations and at council meetings. The role will also involve coaching and mentoring other members of the Planning Policy Team. The successful candidate will

  • Hold a degree or postgraduate qualification in town and country planning or related field and be eligible for membership of the RTPI (or equivalent professional body) or working towards this status.
  • Possess a good understanding of minerals and waste management development and land-use planning in England or Wales, with at least three-years relevant experience in local government.
  • Be a proficient land-use planner with demonstrable planning policy experience and a record of continuous professional development.
  • Demonstrate intellectual ability, political awareness and skills that would enable you to be a good communicator, negotiator, influencer, and leader.

For more information on this position please review the Job Description linked to this advert. If you would to like to know more about the role, please contact Stephen Jenkins, Planning Development Manager on 07891 071589 or by email at [email protected]

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