Are you looking for an opportunity to build your Planning career?
We are currently looking for two Planning Officers, one to join the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team and the other to join the Spatial Planning and Policy Team. Both teams are within the Infrastructure, Planning and Major Projects Directorate at Surrey County Council.
Both roles are subject to a Professional Development Programme (PDP) scheme which provides the opportunity for successful candidates to gain professional land-use planning qualifications, experience, and skills. The PDP scheme for each role will be tailored to the needs of the team and the interests and development preferences of the successful candidates.
The starting salary for these roles is £29,291 per annum, however upon completion of the PDP scheme you can expect to earn up to £40,146 per annum (based on 2022/2023 pay bands).
Both roles are full-time (36 hours per week), permanent contracts with administrative bases in Woking. The Planning Group has an agile workstyle which means that you will work at different locations/venues including home. Subject to teams requirements, Officers are encouraged to choose the location where they think will be most productive and have access to technology to connect with team members.
Surrey County Council is embarking on an exciting and transformative journey to become a leading-edge authority - putting Surrey's people and places at the heart of everything we do. By 2030 we want Surrey to be a uniquely special place where everyone has a great start to life, people live healthy and fulfilling lives, are enabled to achieve their full potential and contribute to their community, and no one is left behind.
Surrey is a diverse county with an urban fringe in the north abutting Greater London and towns and villages to the south. It is situated between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and hosts highway networks and rail infrastructure which connect the county to London and the south coast. The county is recognised as a powerhouse of the British economy and provides the largest net contribution to the UK Government after London. It is also the most wooded county in England, some 25% of it is covered by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and about 73% of it is designated Metropolitan Green Belt.
Consequently, Surrey faces huge challenges to accommodate housing and economic growth in a sustainable way in the context of a changing climate, biodiversity loss, a densely populated and valuable natural environment, sustainable waste management, maintaining the supply of and safeguarding a range of minerals, and identified deficits in supporting strategic and local infrastructure. In this regard the county council is a key infrastructure provider and has a statutory responsibility to engage with Surrey's districts and boroughs and surrounding planning authorities in plan making and provide for minerals and waste management development across the county.
About the Roles
As a member of the Spatial Planning and Policy Team you will play an important role in the delivery of high-quality development and creation of centres and communities of the future, building relationships with partners to secure investment in Surrey and help meet the Council’s vision, and other work across the directorate, including aviation matters.
As a member of the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team you will play an important role in preparing the county’s first joint minerals and waste local plan, considering, and responding to planning applications on behalf of the County Planning Authority, and monitoring the performance of the county’s existing minerals and waste development framework.
We are looking for candidates who have a keen interest in land-use planning matters, are self-motivated and highly organised, confident, and able to manage a varied workload effectively and independently. You should be able to establish and maintain constructive and positive working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to build rapport and achieve consensus. Enthusiasm and attention to detail are important personal skills for these roles.
To be considered for shortlisting, your application will need to show evidence of:
- A degree qualification in land-use planning or related field (geography, environmental science, urban design, architecture, geology, sustainability)
- A good understanding of land-use planning in England particularly within local government
- Intellectual ability, political awareness and skills that would enable you to work in a team and be a good communicator, negotiator, influencer, and leader
- Excellent IT skills, including MS Officer and database management systems
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 9th February 2023 with interviews to follow.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
If you would to like to know more about the role in the Spatial Planning and Policy Team please contact Sue Janota, Spatial Planning and Policy Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to know more about the role in the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team please contact Dustin Lees, Minerals and Waste Policy Team Leader by email at email@example.com.