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Senior Planning Officer (Infrastructure) / Full time

Suffolk County Council

£34,373 - £40,455

Ipswich, East Anglia



Suffolk County Council - Ipswich IP1 2BX
Senior Planning Officer (Infrastructure) 
£34,373 - £40,455 per annum (pro rata if part time)
37 hours per week (part time working will be considered for this role)
Closing date: 11.30pm, 8 August 2022
Reference: 6208
We are committed to flexible working, so please read the Job and Person Profile to find out about the types of flexible working available for this role.

We welcome applications from everyone, we particularly welcome people from the Mixed, Asian and White Other groups and disabled people to apply as they are under represented in this directorate

Suffolk County Council’s Planning Team have recently invested in a number of exciting new opportunities at different levels and experience. 

It is important to us that we proactively focus on career development and growth, investing in our people to create a positive team culture supported by lifelong learning. 

The County Council is entering an exciting period of change, creating many opportunities to drive and influence strategic priorities. We must achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and this environment goal influences all the Council’s activities. In addition, Suffolk is one of nine areas identified as being in scope for a Devolution deal, as set out in the recent government Levelling Up paper. 

Job Details

We now have an opportunity available to join Suffolk County Council's Major Projects and Planning Team as a Senior Planning Officer (Infrastructure), working mainly from Endeavour House, Ipswich, but hybrid working (from home with attending the base office occasionally) is also possible.
Do you have recent experience of infrastructure planning? 
Would you like to develop your career through working with different aspects of planning?
Would you like to work with an incredibly varied range of professionals and projects? 
Are you passionate about making a positive difference for the future environment and lives of people in Suffolk? 

Your role

We are looking for a Chartered Town Planner who is interested in securing infrastructure to deliver essential services to our communities. 

You will make a significant input to the County Council's planning team helping to secure and report on development contributions towards infrastructure through engagement at various stages of the planning process, particularly through the Community Infrastructure Levy and planning obligations. There will be opportunities to work with different aspects of planning across the team, to represent the council at inquiries and examinations, and to contribute to delivery of the council's own
Your responsibilities 

advising the public, councillors and colleagues on our infrastructure policy
attending Public Local Inquiries and Examinations in Public
providing planning advice and support for corporate development projects and other initiatives
mentoring and coaching the members of the team in their professional development.

You will need 

to be a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) or have a degree in a development-related subject and eligibility for membership of a relevant professional organisation
experience of dealing with complex and contentious proposals and of preparing reports for committees and/or inquiries
effective communication and negotiation skills.
You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (link below).  If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.
The team

You will be part of a small and busy team of planners and other professionals working on a diverse range of projects. We are a very supportive team who will enable your personal and professional development, through on-to-one support, staff networks and a range of learning and personal growth opportunities. We are responsible for ensuring new development meets the county's infrastructure needs, supporting district and borough councils on strategic planning issues, interacting with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects for minerals and waste planning policy, planning applications for the council's own development and providing planning support for SCC development projects.
We will offer you

A broad range of professional interactions
the opportunity to mentor less experienced and enthusiastic team members
flexible working options to support you, your work-life balance and career
a generous leave entitlement
public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme

Workplace type for your role 


This role supports hybrid working, a broadly even balance between working from home and working from an office base. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed above. #LI-Hybrid

Travelling requirements for your role

Frequent Travel Essential - We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate, but in this role you will need to travel to locations away from your contractual base, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

For more information

For an informal discussion, please contact Neil McManus (he/him) by calling 07973 640625 or emailing: [email protected]
To apply please ensure:

you read the Job and Person Profile (JPP), before applying for this job opportunity 
that you upload a copy of your CV when completing your online application.
Closing date: 11.30pm, 8 August 2022

Interviews for this post are planned for 15 and 16 August 2022. If you are selected for an interview but are not available on this date, please make contact to arrange an alternative.
This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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