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Senior Planning Policy Officers x2 

South Cambridgeshire District Council
Salary: Grade 5 £34,887 - £39,897 per annum, plus 15% Market Supplement (reviewed annually)
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Senior Planning Policy Officers x2 

Salary: Grade 5 £34,887 - £39,897 per annum, plus 15% Market Supplement (reviewed annually)

Location: Cambourne/Cambridge/Hybrid

Contract type: (x1 24 Months Fixed Term Contract & x1 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Opportunities to shape future growth in dynamic Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire

Do you have a solid background knowledge of planning policy and are currently looking for the next move in your career or to challenge yourself at a higher level? 

If so, we are also looking for two Senior Policy Planners to join our team and we would love to hear from you. You will be responsible for undertaking a wide range of tasks across a number of policy areas, whilst also supporting more senior members of the team on more complex projects. Building on your existing experience and knowledge of planning policy and plan making, this role would be an exciting opportunity to further develop your career by helping to shape the future of Greater Cambridge. Opportunities at this level include focusing on neighbourhood planning support which includes working within our Neighbourhood Planning group to guide our communities through the neighbourhood planning process.

You will also help to foster a collaborative working environment with colleagues and stakeholders as well as mentoring team members.  You will be the crucial to guiding their development through empowering them to deliver projects whilst also fulfilling their potential. 

We are seeking two Senior Policy Planners to join our team for fixed-term positions.

Neighbourhood Planning focused Senior Policy Planner (2-year fixed term):This role will primarily focus on supporting our communities through the development of neighbourhood plans. You will be a key point of contact, providing guidance and expertise throughout the planning process.

Senior Planning Policy Officer (1-year fixed term):This role offers a broader scope, encompassing both neighbourhood planning and other policy areas. You will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects including helping to shape an innovative new

Digital Local Plan for Greater Cambridge and explore ways to improve the plan making process.  

We are open to discussing your specific interests and experience further during the interview stage to ensure the best fit for both roles and your career goals.

About the Planning Policy and Strategy team

The Planning Policy and Strategy team is currently working on a wide 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 undertaken 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 infrastructure schemes that are prepared by external bodies, including the East West Rail project.

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. These roles provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to work on some of the most innovative developments in the UK with a group of passionate, supportive and dedicated colleagues.

About the Shared Planning Service

The award-winning 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.

We are a planning service of around 150 people that work on a wide range of projects covering both Cambridge City, nationally important technology and life science employment parks and over 100 villages across South Cambridgeshire. Our Delivery teams assess over 7,000 planning applications each year, from householder applications for extensions and work within the Cambridge Colleges to new settlements and nationally significant infrastructure projects like East West Rail. The specialist design, landscape, ecology and conservation officers in the Built and Natural Environment team play a key role in getting the best development outcomes for the built, historic and natural environment, whilst the Planning Policy and Strategy team are preparing a new joint Local Plan that ensures new growth is supported by infrastructure, open space and delivers on our climate ambitions. To help meet these challenges we are looking for people to come and join us across the planning service, whether you are at the start of your planning career or looking for a new challenge. If what we do sounds interesting to you, keep an eye out for our current vacancies over the next 8 weeks on our website or follow Greater Cambridge Planning on LinkedIn.

About South Cambridgeshire District Council

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.

We are currently taking part in a 4 day working week (32 hours per week) to improve recruitment and retention and support the wellbeing of our colleagues. You can read more about it here 4-day week trial or talk to us about the detail of this flexible benefit we have been offering.

For more information about working with us check out our website: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (

Want to find out more?

If you have any questions, please contact us for an informal discussion:

Stuart Morris, Planning Policy and Strategy Team Leader (07514 925287)

Terry De Sousa, Planning Policy and Strategy Team Leader (07563 421289)

To apply click on the 'apply now'

Closing Date: 9am 24 May 2024

Anticipated Interview Date: Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 June 2024



At South Cambridgeshire we can truly say we have one of the most exciting and unique profiles in the UK. Our opportunities will appeal to the most ambitious, dynamic and inspired individuals who are looking for the right role to develop their career.

Our district comprises of over 100 characterful villages which are repeatedly cited as one of the reasons why South Cambridgeshire is one of the most popular areas where people want to live.

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