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Senior Planning Policy Officer (option for a Career Grade Planning Policy Officer)

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils
Place of work:
Thorpe Lodge, Norwich
Salary details:
£36,936 to £42,438 (£27,577 to £32,392 per annum for Career Grade Planning Policy Officer)
Job term:
Full Time
37 hours per week
Closing date:
05 February 2023 11:30 PM
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Salary: £36,936 to £42,438 per annum depending on experience (or starting salary of £27,577 to £32,392 per annum as a Career Grade Planning Policy Officer, with opportunities to progress) 


Do you have a passion and vision to help shape the built environment in South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils?


Role Snapshot…

Do you enjoying influencing and shaping future development proposals to improve the place we live and work in?  Do you want to join a busy and enthusiastic planning team, deal with a wide range of planning issues and develop your planning career with two ambitious authorities?  Do you want to build on your planning knowledge by helping to deliver our growth proposals through the preparation, implementation and communication of the Councils’ policies and strategies?


Then read on, as we have a vacant role for a new Senior / Planning Policy Officer to join our Place Shaping Team.


What you could be part of…

You will be part of a committed and forward-thinking Spatial Planning team working as one team across two Councils and as part of the Greater Norwich Local Plan team. You will be contributing to the preparation, implementation, monitoring and review of the Councils’ Local Plan, associated policies and strategies and undertaking community and infrastructure planning work with internal and external colleagues.


Working at the Council enables you to be part of an organisation which is proud to deliver high-quality, customer focused services. Our success comes from us being commercially astute and business-like. Continuous improvement is also vital, and we challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative ways to improve the services that make a real difference to people’s lives.


What you’ll be doing…

  • Liaising and negotiating with developers, site promoters, the public and interested groups to consider issues related to potential developments on allocated sites, potential allocated sites and, in conjunction with development management colleagues, on planning application sites.
  • Researching and preparing policy documents, committee reports, proofs of evidence and background evidence studies etc.
  • Presenting information and advice to elected members, agents, landowners, applicants and the general public in writing, face to face and by telephone.
  • Organising and representing the Councils at consultation exercises, public meetings, exhibitions and public inquiries, including producing and presenting evidence.
  • Representing the Councils at appropriate external meetings and events, working groups and advisory bodies at local, regional and national events.
  • Ensuring the timely production of planning documents, in accordance with the local development scheme, and other projects. This will include research, evidence gathering, community engagement, policy writing and the production and presentation of evidence at public inquiries.


You must have…

  • A degree or diploma in town planning or other relevant subject.
  • Eligible for Chartered Membership of the RTPI (subject to obtaining required experience).
  • A minimum of 1 year’s post-qualification experience in a planning environment.
  • An ability to demonstrate practical skills required in the planning discipline.
  • The ability to progress multiple complex projects simultaneously and work across disciplines to achieve shared objectives.
  • A thorough knowledge of planning legislation and developments and the ability to interpret, explain and apply this to local circumstances.
  • An ability to prepare reports on complex issues which may need to be presented orally and in writing and be able to deal with any subsequent enquiries.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines demonstrating strong organisational and prioritisation techniques.


What’s in it for you…


Why Work For Us?

Do you want to know more about why our staff work for us? Our website has a fantastic why work for us section where our staff tell us what makes working for the Councils so special.


What Flexible and Agile Working Arrangements do we Offer?

The Councils understand the importance of operating a work life balance in the modern world. The Councils operate a flexible working policy and agile working options available for employees where operationally possible.


What Roles Do the Councils Offer?

The Councils operate a vast and diverse number of services for our residents, so with this comes a vast and diverse amount of job roles within the Councils. Our website has a great graphic showing all our job families and roles within the Councils. From here you can plan your career with the Councils or get some ideas on other roles that you may be interested in.


What Benefits do our Employees Receive?

View all our amazing staff benefits on offer for our employees. Our website has a brilliant benefits section allowing you to see the range of discounts, exclusive offers and total rewards our employees receive. Make sure you stop by to find out more information.


What Employer Accreditations do we Hold?

The Councils have a range of employer accreditations that we have worked very hard to achieve. Our website has a full descriptive list of all our current accreditations and what this means for our employees.


What Wellbeing Support do our Staff Have Access to?

The Councils want to ensure all our employees have a safe comfortable place to work, ensuring that employees feel empowered to actively manage their own wellbeing both at work and at home. The Councils have a large wellbeing section available on the website outlining our commitment to the wellbeing of the employees of the Council.


Where are we advertising?


Advertising Internally and Externally


If external, please apply via our website. If internal, please apply via submitting your expression of interest to the relevant Recruiting Manager; a template for an expression of interest can be found on Connect.


Key Information:


For advice on how to apply, please visit our website https://www.norfolkjobsdirect.org/southnorfolk/southnorfolk/GenText.aspx?page=Page34


If you any questions about the role, then please don’t hesitate to contact the recruiting manager or the HR Team, who will be happy to answer any questions on the role or the Councils.


Recruiting Manager: Paul Harris, Place Shaping Team Manager

Email: paul.harris@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

Phone Number: 01603 430444


HR Team:

Email: hrteam@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

Phone Number: 01508 533995


Closing date: 5 February 2023 at 11:30PM

The Councils reserve the right to close any and all vacancies at any time if there is judged to be a sufficient number of applications received.

Interview date: 23 February 2023


Next steps…

We will contact you via email, after the Recruiting Manager has shortlisted for the role to advise you of the shortlisting decision. Please note, we do not provide feedback at the application stage.


For guidance on future applications please see our website: https://www.norfolkjobsdirect.org/southnorfolk/southnorfolk/GenText.aspx?page=Page34


For information on future vacancies please sign up to our job alerts by clicking ‘get email alerts’ on our jobs page: https://www.norfolkjobsdirect.org/southnorfolk/SearchResults.aspx


If you want to learn more about the Councils, then please visit our joint website - South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils Website.


For lots of great information about employee life at the Councils please visit the above linked pages or visit our Jobs and Training Courses website page.


For information on how we use your data and the Councils Data Protection Policy please have a look at the Councils website


Please note we only accept applications submitted through our jobs portal, via Norfolk Jobs Direct: https://www.norfolkjobsdirect.org/southnorfolk/index.aspx

We are not accountable for any applications or details published through other job sites.

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