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Planning Policy Manager

Worcester City Council
Grade: TM1 (£41,429 to £45,269)
Closing date
7 Jun 2022

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Planning Policy Manager

Location: Worcester

Grade: TM1 (£41,429 to £45,269)

About us

Welcome to Worcester City Council

Work for Worcester - help us transform the city

It is a very exciting time to join Worcester City Council as we move forward with our ambitious plans for the city. We have been extremely successful in attracting over £40m of Government funding and we are working to help deliver multi-million pound regeneration schemes.

We are passionate about our city, committed to seeking excellence in everything we do and want to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit. Looking ahead we are committed to making Worcester a unique tourist destination. Worcester offers a high quality of life with award winning parks, excellent university and schools and a diverse range of shops and restaurants. The city enjoys a strong sporting reputation based on topflight cricket, rugby and basketball clubs, as well as a centrally located racecourse.

We are also very serious about our commitment to the environment and the need to ensure our beautiful city is conserved but is ready to meet the needs of future generations. This is a key theme for us as we lead our communities through a post-pandemic recovery and beyond.

To deliver our aspirations for the city, to meet high levels of housing need including affordable housing, provide new employment space, new and improved infrastructure and community facilities all whilst protecting and enhancing the environment and adapting to climate change, we need a talented planning policy manager working with us to help make this happen.

As an organisation not only are we progressive and innovative but we also offer a very supportive environment for our staff where they are encouraged to develop their skills and take full advantage of every opportunity, to grow and make the most of their talents.

If you can match our ambitions and want to share in our vision to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit, we really would love to hear from you.

Benefits to you:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Agile/remote working arrangements,
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme,
  • Support for training and professional development,
  • Benefits package incl. subsidised leisure facilities, discounts for national stores,
  • Offices within a five minutes’ walk from train station

The role

Are you an experienced policy planner and team leader with significant planning policy formulation and plan making experience, looking to make your next career move?

As the Planning Policy Manager you will lead on matters relating to the statutory planning policy function within the City Council including the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review, neighbourhood planning, development plan documents, supplementary planning documents, infrastructure planning, site-specific policies, evidence gathering, implementation and monitoring, responding to government consultations on national planning policy changes and provide advice and guidance to the council, internal and external customers. The role includes direct line management responsibility for the planning policy team.

You will be expected to ensure high standards in the provision of advice and written reports to council committees, elected members and other stakeholders. You will contribute to the wider south Worcestershire partnership including Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils and lead in the preparation of evidence and act for the Council as the expert planning policy witness in public examinations and planning appeals. You will also work with other service areas across the Council and generally assist and support the Head of Planning in the preparation, implementation, administration and monitoring of project plans and performance management frameworks, to support a culture of continuous improvement.

Key Requirements

  • You should be a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development for yourself and those that you manage.
  • Degree or equivalent in Town and Country Planning or a related subject
  • A minimum of five years’ experience of local government Planning Policy work post-professional accreditation including at a senior level with direct management and leadership experience.
  • Project and programme management, commissioning consultants for example to prepare evidence to support the Plan Making process.

Skills & Experience

As an experienced planning policy officer and manager, you should have relevant Town and Country Planning or equivalent qualifications and experience in order to lead an effective customer focussed planning policy team and deliver continuous service improvement. You should be able to demonstrate substantial experience of leading, developing and managing the implementation of strategies, projects and plans relating to all aspects of planning policy and to ensure an up-to-date planning policy framework reflects statutory requirements, national and regional planning policy and guidance, and the City council’s priorities.

You will be expected to lead on and maintain an up-to-date Local Development Scheme that sets out the City council’s programme for planning policy development and review, manage the preparation and review of statutory development plan documents and ensure they meet the relevant legal requirements and tests of soundness. This will include meeting requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment, Sustainability Appraisal and Equalities and Health and Wellbeing Impact Assessment. You will need to make recommendations for creative and practical policy and strategy solutions, including the production of planning briefs, ensuring comprehensive and effective stakeholder engagement and inclusive public consultation. You will also need to be able to prepare and present evidence and advice on very complex and/or contentious planning policy issues, to elected members and other stakeholders as well as at examination hearings and public inquiries.

Additional Information

For more information about this role please contact Duncan Rudge – Head of Planning tel. 01905 722419 or email

Closing date: Tuesday 7th June 2022

Interview date: Friday 17th June 2022

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