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Principal Planning Policy Officer - Strategic Site Allocation

Ref no. BHN569115
Location Cambridgeshire, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Contract 3 - 6 months
Job status Closed

Job summary

Local Authority client in Central England seeking an interim Principal Planning Policy officer on an initial 6 month contract, for more information please call Adam @ Matchtech on 01489 898881.

Key skills required for this role

Policy, Spatial Planner


Local Authority Experience, RTPI

Job description

Essential criteria

  • Degree or equivalent.
  • Post graduate degree or equivalent in town planning.
  • Post qualification work experience in a professional office in the field of town planning at Principal, Team Leader or Manager level (or equivalent).
  • The ability to independently manage a project from inception to completion, including working with stakeholders and partners to deliver a project on time and within budget to a satisfactory quality.
  • To represent the service as required at meetings with outside bodies and to present reports and officer advice to Members at relevant committees.
  • To prepare reports to Cabinet / Scrutiny Committee and/or to Lead members.
  • Ability to drive to attend site visits and meetings, and holder of a full and valid current driving licence.

What experience would the temporary worker need to be successful in this role?

  • Proven experience of leading on planning policy projects, including the commissioning and leading on the preparation of evidence base and Development Plan Documents.
  • The ability to deal with major and complex planning policy matters, preferably in relation to the preparation of site allocations or other site-specific projects, including developing and appraising spatial options and site assessments and exploring site opportunities and constraints.
  • Recent and demonstratable experience of working with external partners, statutory bodies, elected members and developers/housebuilders.
  • Strong project management skills, including recent experience of managing complex projects and using project management tools.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills, with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.

Specialist - Cambourne growth site lead

East West Rail Company has identified a location north of the town of Cambourne for a new station as part of the proposed East West Rail central section between Bedford and Cambridge. In the Greater Cambridge Local Plan First Proposals 2021 consultation, the Councils identified Cambourne as a broad location for longer term strategic scale growth, to respond to the opportunity provided by East West Rail. Further work is needed to develop a specific allocation for Cambourne, and to work with EWR Company who are preparing a Local Opportunity Plan for the area.

Funded by the Department for Transport, you will project manage the preparation of the site allocation for an expanded Cambourne. The role will include leading on:

  • Procuring and managing a range of evidence bases to inform the draft allocation
  • Drafting the allocation and supporting documentation
  • Engaging with EWR Co and internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the allocation is developed with a full awareness of the interests of relevant groups.

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