Principal Policy Planner
Salary: £39,897 - £46,579
Looking for an exciting role in an award-winning shared planning service? The Greater Cambridge Planning Service offers a unique opportunity to work in an area experiencing strong economic growth, that is home to world-renowned universities, hospitals and cutting-edge science.
Our combined growth agenda is delivering a significant number of strategic scale urban expansions of Cambridge and new settlements within rural South Cambridgeshire. For instance, existing exciting new strategic development projects include Waterbeach new town (11,000 homes), Northstowe new town (10,000 homes) and urban extension developments such as Eddington (3,000 homes) and meeting the planning needs of Europe’s most important biotechnology cluster at Cambridge Biomedical Centre.
At the same time we must balance these pressures to ensure we deliver high quality modern developments that will ensure a sustainable future for the beautiful historic City of Cambridge and the rural areas of South Cambridgeshire.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Policy Planner to join our vibrant and busy Planning Policy & Strategy team in delivering an exciting and innovative work programme.
The team is currently working on a huge range of projects, including developing the first joint Local Plan in an area with the fastest growing city economy in the country, incorporating major regeneration schemes and new developments. We also have clear environmental ambitions and commissioned pioneering work on climate change and meeting net zero carbon to inform our policy development. The team also deals with the Councils’ input to the development of significant transport infrastructure schemes that are prepared by various transport bodies, including the East West Rail project.
We are looking for an experienced planner to join the team and play an important role in delivering this exciting range of projects. The successful candidate will have good knowledge of planning policy and the plan making process. You will be able to project manage and deliver complex projects relating to planning policy and strategy, be an effective communicator that is able to engage effectively with partners and consultants, and be able to line manage team members.
If you have the ambition to embrace the exciting challenges of this busy Shared Planning Service, there is no better place to develop your career. This role provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop your career, working on some of the most innovative developments in the UK with a group of passionate and dedicated colleagues.
As an organisation, South Cambridgeshire District Council (which hosts the shared planning service) believes that our people are our greatest assets. We know how important it is to find a job where you feel valued but also have the flexibility to allow you to balance your work/family commitments in an organisation that offers a competitive benefits package including:
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- 25 days holiday entitlement (increasing to 30 after five years continuous service)
- Career progression
- Development opportunities as well as ongoing training
Flexible hybrid working arrangements are positively encouraged, with working from home alongside our Cambourne and Cambridge City Centre office locations, including regular ‘together days’ where team members can work together in either office to benefit from collaborative working.
Until March 2024 we are taking part in a 4‑day working week trial by South Cambridgeshire District Council. A 4‑day week is when full-time staff work one less day per week (4 days instead of 5) but still get paid the same salary. It is not the same as compressed hours, which is working the traditional 37-hour week over 4 longer days. A 4‑day week for a full-time employee at the Shared Planning Service consists of 30 hours. For part time staff, the amount of hours reduced would be calculated via a pro-rata reduction. A helpful way of explaining this arrangement is that staff will need to get 100% of their work done, in 80% of the time, for 100% of their salary, by changing the way we work. The purpose of this trial is to better support the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, while still delivering an excellent service to our residents. Read more about our 4 day week trial.
For an informal discussion about the roles please contact:
- Principal Policy Planner – Stuart Morris, Planning Policy and Strategy Team Leader (07514 925 287) or Terry De Sousa, Planning Policy and Strategy Team Leader (07563 421289).
Closing Date: 9am Friday 8 December 2023
Interview Dates: 13, 14, 19 and 20 December 2023
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