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Principal Planning Policy Officer x 2

Cherwell District Council
Bodicote House, Oxfordshire - Agile working supported
Salary: £45,245.50 - £50,046.00 per annum
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

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New Talent Wanted!

We are recruiting to bolster our Planning and Development resource to meet demand and improve the services we provide. Visit our website at:

Principal Planning Policy Officer x 2

Salary: £45,245.50 - £50,046.00 per annum

Basis: Full time & permanent, agile working supported

Job Reference: CDC000023R

Are you looking for a dynamic and exciting place to work? We are busy planning office in North Oxfordshire dealing with a huge range of developments including a Garden Town, the expansion of Oxford, a new settlement on a Cold War site, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and numerous urban extensions. We are also producing a new Local Plan.

Whether you are an experienced officer or at the start of your career, we may have something to offer.

We are looking to recruit to bolster our Planning and Development resource to meet demand and improve the services we provide.

We have three service areas: Planning Policy, Conservation & Design; Development Management and Building Control & Flood Risk. The Council has parallel services focusing on the delivery of the Bicester Garden Town, a vision for Banbury, economic growth, and strategic transport.

With its growing towns, its location on the Oxford-Cambridge region, its proximity to Oxford on the M40 corridor and its location on major rail lines including East/West rail, Cherwell receives significant investment and development interest. We also have highly attractive rural areas and places to live.

As a place to work, we offer hybrid working, excellent ICT systems, the prospect of a new office environment and great teams to work with.

The Job:

Cherwell District Council needs two new Principal Planning Policy Officers to help push forward our Local Plan Review and other planning policy work.

The Local Plan is one of the Council’s most important strategies and is a highly visible area of the work.  With the support of our Planning Policy, Conservation & Design Manager and a Planning Policy Team Leader, you will work a close-knit team to deliver the Plan engaging with other services, elected members, communities, developers and neighbouring authorities.  To support plan preparation, consultation has been undertaken on Issues and Options Papers (2020 and 2021) and a draft Plan (Reg.18 – 2023).

The Person:

You will need the skills, drive and commitment to supervise and deal with a complex and varied planning policy workload. You will need to be a good planner.  You should also be proactive, delivery focused, innovative and highly adept in group working and problem solving. The ability to stay focused whilst being aware of wider challenges is essential.  You should be good with people and strong at team working.

The Benefits:

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We offer agile working, which means we don’t have a rigid work location. Our staff work from home and in the office to suit the business need.

Other benefits include:

  • A generous annual leave entitlement 26 days + Bank holidays
  • Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (Including Employer Contribution)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Annual Flu Vaccination
  • £25 Annual eye test voucher
  • Incremental pay award (awarded annually in April after one years’ service)
  • Flexible working policy

We will review applications upon receipt.

For more information, please contact Chris Cherry - Planning Policy, Conservation and Design Manager on 01295 227006 or contact Human Resources on 01295 221767

Cherwell District Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

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These are exciting times at Cherwell District Council. The area is facing high levels of growth and the Council has ambitious plans for the area including developing the largest self-build housing site in the country and supporting the delivery of the Eco Town as a national exemplar development at Bicester.

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