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Planning Policy Data and Spatial Technician

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Ipswich (A mix of office, home, and remote-based working)
£23,953 - £29,174 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
20 Jul 2022
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Planning Policy Data and Spatial Technician

£23,953 - £29,174 per annum (pro rata if part time)

Full time, part time and job share opportunities will be considered

We are looking for a Planning Policy Data and Spatial Technician to join our team in Strategic Planning.

The successful person will share our values, commitment, and motivation to make a difference for our residents, clients, and communities.

About the role

Would you like the opportunity to work with data and mapping to help shape the future of Babergh and Mid Suffolk Districts?

The Strategic Planning team are responsible for developing the Councils’ Local Development Plan policies and monitoring their implementation together with supporting Neighbourhood Planning groups develop their Neighbourhood Development Plans.

We are looking for a proactive and well organised team player to be able to expertly lead and manage data entry, understanding the data in order to be able to retrieve, manipulate and report on findings to support the Councils’ Joint Local Plan, associated evidence documents and annual monitoring.

The data held will also be presented in innovative ways to a variety of audiences, and high-quality GIS mapping skills will be required.

Information including new development build progress, Local Plan settlement boundaries and site boundaries for proposed land-use allocations will need to be kept up to date, as well as, maintaining constraint layers, and policies maps showing visually how the policies will be implemented.

About you

You will be able to build on your experience in data handling, producing public friendly documents and applying processes to be able to understand situations and develop solutions to issues that arise, using your own initiative with accuracy.

With excellent IT skills and extensive experience with modern Microsoft products, you will be used to using a variety of software to input, query and extract data. Now is an exciting time as we look to update and develop the software we use with innovative packages to present information in different ways.

A specific GIS related qualification or demonstrable extensive GIS experience is essential, using creative skills to design and prepare maps for a variety of different purposes to convey complex information clearly.

There will be a need to produce high-quality reports for internal and external use, accurately analysing, interpreting and collating evidence. Knowledge of Planning, handling planning datasets and plan making public consultation is desirable.

You will have good communication skills for a variety of audiences, and an ability to work under pressure and to deadlines within a collaborative team environment.

About us

Working together across our councils and with our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, we provide excellent services to our 190,000 residents across Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

We are proud of the role we play in creating the environment, economy, and communities for our districts. We believe that the heart of Suffolk is an incredibly special place to live and work. With picturesque market towns, 60 conservation areas and with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within our districts, it is little wonder that we are consistently within the top 50 places to live in the UK.

Benefits of working with us

  • Great opportunities for learning and development.
  • Suffolk Coaching and Mentoring Partnership
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 25 days a year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays).
  • Competitive Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Wellbeing Support Program
  • Employee Assist Program
  • Health Care Options

Visit our Employee Benefits page for further information:

Our ways of working

We are committed to working in a more hybrid way, with a mix of office, home, and remote-based working. (Business needs permitting) This has worked well for us and is something we will be continuing with.

We are committed supporting equality and diversity, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils provide opportunity and ambition for all, supporting and enabling our people to deliver the best possible service for our residents.

To find out more

If you wish to discuss the Hybrid working approach for this role, or for an informal discussion, please contact Matt Deakin on (01473) 296354.

How to apply

To apply, please visit our website by clicking on the 'Apply Button'

Closing date: 12 noon, 20 July 2022.



We are two award winning councils that are at the cutting edge in delivering better, shared services and outcomes for local communities, even at a time of financial challenge? Having created a single staff structure in totally new teams to best support both Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils, we are continuing to change our approach fundamentally to how we work.

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