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Assistant Planning Policy Officer / Full time

Worcester City Council

£25,681 to £28,152

Malvern, South West


Job title: Assistant Planning Policy Officer 
Location: Worcester
Closing date: 11th December 2022
Interview date: 19th December 2022
Number of positions: 1
Grade: PTA (£25,681 to £28,152)
Number of hours per week: 37
Job Status: Permanent

About us 

Welcome to Worcester City Council

Are you ready for a challenge? There are some big issues facing Worcester over the next few years, not least completing the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan in partnership with our neighbouring councils and supporting the delivery of major housing and employment growth. We have been extremely successful in attracting over £40m of Government funding and we are working to help deliver multi-million pound regeneration schemes.

We are passionate about our city, committed to seeking excellence in everything we do and want to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit. Looking ahead we are committed to making Worcester a unique tourist destination. Worcester offers a high quality of life with award winning parks, excellent university and schools and a diverse range of shops and restaurants. 
To deliver our aspirations for the city, to meet high levels of housing need including affordable housing, provide new employment space, new and improved infrastructure and community facilities all whilst protecting and enhancing the environment and adapting to climate change, we need a talented Assistant Planning Policy Officer to support our planning policy work and help make this happen. 

As an organisation not only are we progressive and innovative but we also offer a very supportive environment for our staff where they are encouraged to develop their skills and take full advantage of every opportunity, to grow and make the most of their talents.

Planning Policy Officer - You:

We're looking for an organised and self-motivated person with a degree in planning or a related discipline, to join our busy planning policy team. Recent graduates or those with limited experience are encouraged to apply, as this role offers the opportunity to advance your career as you gain experience, to develop your skills and to be supported towards achieving membership of the RTPI.
If you can match our ambitions and want to share in our vision to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit, we really would love to hear from you.

Benefits to you:

Flexible working hours,
Agile/remote working arrangements,
Generous Local Government Pension Scheme,
Support for training and professional development,
Payment of Professional Subscription
Benefits package incl. subsidised leisure facilities, discounts for national stores,
Offices within a five minutes’ walk from train station

The role

As the Assistant Planning Policy Officer, you will assist in the preparation of all aspects of planning policy development, implementation and monitoring relating to housing, employment, retail, town centre regeneration, open space, community facilities and infrastructure delivery. You will work with relevant national, regional and local bodies, contribute to the preparation of statutory and non-statutory Development Plan Documents (DPDs), Master Plans and Concept Plans, Development Briefs, Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and other planning policy guidance.

You will also be involved in the monitoring of S106 legal agreements to ensure that obligations are fulfilled and developer contributions towards affordable housing and infrastructure are paid when required. 

The role will also require you to prepare responses to consultations relating to planning policy documents prepared by other agencies which affect the city of Worcester, provide planning policy advice to development management colleagues and assist and support the administration of the council’s Tree Officer work to ensure that recommendations are followed up, new Tree Preservation Orders are created and replacement trees are planted where required.

You will also be required undertake some Development Management duties to act as the case officer for mostly householder type planning applications and provide pre/post application advice when the need arises.

From time to time, you will also be required to present and explain planning policy advice to the public, elected members and at committee meetings, public meetings, exhibitions or other functions and events.

Key Requirements

1.An undergraduate degree in planning or a related discipline (must be eligible for admission to an RTPI accredited postgraduate degree programme) and a willingness to undertake an RTPI accredited postgraduate degree. 
2.Ability to demonstrate knowledge of UK planning law and policy.
3.Previous experience within a local authority planning policy team would be an advantage but is not essential.

Additional Information

For more information about this role please contact Duncan Rudge – Head of Planning tel. 01905 722419 or email [email protected] 

Closing date: 11th December 2022

Interview date: 19th December 2022

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