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Strategic Planning Officer

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Wymondham, Norfolk
Band G: £44,394 - £50,109 per annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICER                                                        Ref: D2104.



WYMONDHAM (with occasional home working)

Full Time 37 hours Permanent

Band G: £44,394 - £50,109 per annum

Closing Date: Friday, 1st December 2023 at 5pm

Applications are invited for the above post working within the Performance and Scrutiny Directorate at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN).  The post will involve working closely with the Head of Estates for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is elected by the people of Norfolk to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.  They are responsible for the totality of policing.  PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their police area.

The purpose of the Strategic Planning Officer role is to  be responsible for being the OPCCN key point of contact for delivering expert planning advice in relation to the growth or change in the County of Norfolk and to promote and monitor OPCCN interests in the statutory planning system.

To ensure planning policy affecting the County of Norfolk protects the interests of OPCCN and reduces crime and disorder. To ensure the impact of both population and building growth and the related impact on policing and police infrastructure is funded through the planning system, by agreeing and managing S106 / CIL or other external income generating opportunities.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Extensive Town and Country Planning experience, either within a consultancy or local authority environment.
  • Proven experience of negotiating with planning officers, consultants and legal representatives.
  • Proven experience of submitting representations in respect of planning policy, applications and appeals and co-ordinating specialist consultants and legal representatives.
  • Degree/level 6 qualification in Town and Country Planning, or a similar discipline giving exemption from the Royal Town Planning Institute or RICS qualifications.
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or Planning and Development sector pathway of the RICS (MRICS).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of planning law and associated legislation.
  • Knowledge of, and contacts with, planning authorities within the region.
  • Substantial report writing skills and experience of delivering recommendations on a range of major planning applications.
  • Ability to use problem-solving and analytical skills to come up with imaginative solutions to planning problems.
  • An aptitude for listening to, and negotiating with, a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail, in order to ensure planning details are exact. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Competent IT skills including the preparation and use of databases, spreadsheets and Microsoft office.


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Experience in a public sector or policing environment.
  • Experience of preparing reports for submission to national government, NPCC, Chief Officers and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Experience of operating on the national stage and demonstrating success at this level. Evidence of further professional development, within a relevant area.

Hours of work are 37 hours per week Monday to Friday. This post is offered on a permanent basis.

If you would like an informal discussion about the post, please contact Duncan Potter – Head of Estates via 

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Please return completed applications by email




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