Senior Planning Officer: Planning Policy

  • Cheshire West & Chester Council
  • Closing Date:
Company: Cheshire West & Chester Council
Location: Chester
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Cheshire West and Chester Council brings a fresh and energetic approach to providing top quality services for its many customers and communities. West Cheshire is a place where everyone can Thrive – through our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Innovation, Value for Money and Empowerment.

The Local Plan (Part One) was adopted in 2015 and the Local Plan (Part Two) was adopted in July 2019.  The team have also supported the making of 21 neighbourhood plans, with a further 13 plans under preparation.

The team are currently reviewing the Local Plan (Part One), supporting preparation of neighbourhood plans, preparing Supplementary Planning Documents and Development Briefs and undertaking monitoring and research.

The friendly and dynamic team are looking for a highly motivated and skilled Senior Planning Officer to assist with preparation, implementation and review of the policies in the Local Plan (Part One), support Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Forums preparing Neighbourhood Plans, lead preparation of Development Briefs and Supplementary Planning Documents and lead preparation of studies and monitoring reports.

We are looking to recruit a team player who can demonstrate an in-depth technical and procedural knowledge of planning policy, with a degree level qualification in planning or a related subject.  You must have had a previous planning role within a local authority, planning consultancy or equivalent, with experience of policy development.

You will be given the opportunity to work across a variety of different subject areas within a large and diverse borough which boasts an enviable natural and built environment.

You will be based in a modern office within the heart of the historic city of Chester.  The Council is committed to embracing flexible and mobile working, ensuring employees have the ICT equipment needed to work remotely and promoting a good work / life balance. There is a minimum annual leave entitlement of 25 days per year, plus bank holidays.  There is also an option to purchase up to a maximum 10 extra days annual leave and a generous Council pension scheme. The role would provide access to working rewards including childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, staff technology purchase scheme, Medicash scheme, discounted gym membership and other discounts.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly professional team making a difference to the sustainable development of the borough.

Please contact Catherine Morgetroyd, Principal Planning Officer (01244 973804) for an informal discussion about the role.

Cheshire West and Chester Council are committed to equality and diversity in employment.

For further information and to apply for this position, please visit the jobs page of the Cheshire West and Chester Council website:

In your application you should ensure that you provide evidence of how you have demonstrated meeting the Person Specification, which is available on the Council’s jobs page.

Please note that the Council only accepts online applications and no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.

The closing date for applications is 12 January 2020.

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