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Job Title: Senior Policy Planner x2

Neath Port Talbot Council

£36,298 - £40,478

Contract Type:
Full time

Neath, Wales

Senior Planner / Senior Planning Officer


Job Sector:
Principal Planner

Closing Date:
31st March 2023

Senior Town Planner

Local Government

Policy Planning


Senior Policy Planner x2 
(One Permanent, one 3 years fixed term)
37 Hours a Week
Salary: £36,298 - £40,478 per annum.

Planning and Public Protection – The Quays, Baglan Energy Park, Neath

We are offering the exciting opportunity to join Team NPT on our mission to make Neath Port Talbot a place where people are proud to live, learn, work, and raise their families.
As with the rest of the country, the post Covid-19 landscape presents significant challenges but also opportunities. Here at Neath Port Talbot Council we intend to make the most of these opportunities, building on the enormous community and partnership response during the pandemic.

And, as we are moving towards recovery, you will play a key role in progressing our ambitious capital investment programme including new schools, town centre regeneration, and culture, tourism and leisure projects. We are also leading on the delivery of a regional City Deal programme of projects to boost low carbon growth, support our steel industry, and create high quality jobs in the innovation and cleantech sectors.

This beautiful part of south Wales is located between the cities of Swansea and Cardiff, close to the Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons. Valleys and waterfalls, rivers and coastline provide a backdrop for many activities including walking, mountain biking and surfing. With over 140,000 residents and service users, this is a thriving area, rich in history, but with eyes fixed firmly on the future.

About the Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for 2 suitably qualified, experienced and self-motivated individuals to join a multi-discipline Planning Policy team in Neath Port Talbot. 
As a Senior Policy Planner, you will support the team in a range of planning policy matters whilst playing a lead role in the preparation, monitoring and review of the Local Development Plan, including formulation of planning policy and the production and commissioning of key evidence-based documents. 
You will be required to prepare reports and make recommendations on a range of planning policy matters and to appear on behalf of the Council at the Examination in Public and Planning Appeals. Part of the role will be to contribute towards on-going regional collaboration and assist in the preparation of joint evidence studies and methodologies. 
The role will help shape the direction of strategic planning and candidates should have a proven track record of carrying out research and analysis across a range of planning portfolios.  You should demonstrate an aptitude to deliver positive outcomes and promote sustainable development and growth. Previous experience of partnership working and public engagement/consultation and the ability to work on your own initiative is essential. 

About You

The successful candidate should demonstrate a sound knowledge of National Planning Policy and Legislation, in particular the Local Development Plan process, and be familiar with the workings of a professional planning office within local government. 

If you think that you have the necessary experience and qualifications for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Further Info

Candidates are required to hold an RTPI accredited Planning Degree or equivalent Planning qualification and/or have considerable experience in a similar discipline. 

It is also essential that you have the ability to travel throughout the County Borough.

Welsh language skills are not required but are desirable.

The section is currently home working with occasional use of the office.

For an informal discussion, please contact Lana Beynon, Planning Policy Manager on 01639 686314 or email [email protected]

How to Apply

You may apply online, https://www.npt.gov.uk/29932 or contact the HR Employment Support Team by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone (01639) 686837 quoting the post title.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English. Please ensure you refer to the criteria outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your application.

We anticipate that interviews will be held the week commencing 10th April 2023.

Closing Date: 31st March, 2023                Welsh: Not required but Desirable 

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