Senior Policy Planner – Local Plan

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Senior Policy Planner – Local Plan
MARCH, Cambridgeshire
Interim Position

Fenland 5218859

Posted: 27th October 2022 15:58
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £22.60 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-6 months

  • MARCH, Cambridgeshire,

    PE15 8NQ

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Policy Planner – Local Plan

Reference no:  Fenland 5218859

Pay rate: Up to £22.60 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Car driver with valid license and insurance or ability to travel, as requirement for site visits

This role is to assist with the preparation, monitoring and review of the Local Plan to a standard, speed and quality that is recognised for excellence, and the preparation of key Council policy documents.

Key responsibilities:

  • Prepare, monitor and review the Local Plan for the Council to a standard, speed and quality that is recognised for excellence.
  • Work on other strategic planning projects and monitoring tasks as required, such as the preparation of Supplementary Planning Documents and the Statement of Community Involvement and assisting parish councils and neighbourhood forums in their preparation of neighbourhood plans and/or orders.
  • Contribute to wider strategic housing and environmental policy and strategy formulation and corporate regeneration projects.
  • Contribute to corporate and inter-departmental projects.
  • Adopt a problem-solving approach to ensure that tasks and projects consistently achieve their objectives.
  • Deputise for the Local Plan Manager as required.
  • Prepare and present written and oral evidence as an expert witness on behalf of the Council at public examinations, hearings, committees and written appeals as required.
  • Provide guidance and advice to customers and elected members on planning policies and related research matters.
  • Work on other policy and research projects as required by line management.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • Degree or post-graduate qualification in Town and Country Planning or closely related subject giving eligibility for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Knowledge & Experience:

  • A high level of knowledge and understanding of current planning issues and legislation, especially in the fields of planning policy and statutory development plans.
  • Substantial experience of working in the fields of planning policy and/or statutory development plans.
  • Ability to demonstrate relevant experience in either supporting local communities in the production of neighbourhood plans or practical experience in implementing a site selection and assessment process for site allocations as part of delivering a Local Plan would be advantageous.
  • A working knowledge of GIS would be advantageous.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to analyse planning issues and information, draw conclusions and write reports in a logical, accurate and concise way, with sound recommendations.
  • Able to prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to liaise and negotiate with developers, landowners, other local authority officers and other interested parties including members of the public, and to develop good working relations with external organisations.
  • Ability to work flexibly as a member of a team, according to changing work priorities.
  • Able to exercise initiative and work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to organise detailed information either manually or using computer systems.
  • The ability to explain planning policies and proposals to the public and present reports and evidence at meetings, public inquiries and examinations in public.
  • Able to organise detailed information either manually or using computer systems.
  • Strong IT skills using Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
  • The ability to make site visits by car, bicycle or other acceptable means.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates.   If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let  me know and we can send you some additional information for clarify.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.



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Senior Policy Planner – Local Plan
Client Category: Local Authority

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