If you are looking for a diverse career, are interested in place shaping and improving the environment and quality of life for local communities, this is the ideal role for you. This ‘entry level’ position will provide you with a great opportunity to start a career as a town planner offers you scope to develop quickly, and take forward projects that will assist us in delivering our plans for growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Runnymede whilst delivering new infrastructure and services to support it.
Who we are
The Planning Policy team is small, friendly and ambitious and is committed to planning positively to meet the growth needs of this special Borough. The team are currently finalising the new Borough local plan, beginning to implement its policies, whilst also looking ahead to its future review. Runnymede’s location at the edge of London and close to Heathrow Airport, make it an interesting place to pursue the challenges of plan making and delivery within a wider regional context. The Local Plan sets out ambitious growth for the Borough, including a new Garden Village and Enterprise Zone at Longcross.
Who are we looking for?
We are seeking a confident and self-motivated person with a positive work ethic who wants to start their career within a supportive and friendly environment. Applicants should either have an RTPI accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree or must have an undergraduate degree and be willing to complete a part-time RTPI accredited degree course. You will need to be well organised and able to work both independently and as part of a team. You should be able to work positively with a range of partners and give clear, accurate advice. You should demonstrate good verbal, numerical, problem-solving, IT and written skills, and be able to deliver good quality work within agreed timescales. You must also have a full driving license.
What can we offer you?
Our team provides a supportive and positive environment in which to work and develop with proven success in mentoring planners to full RTPI membership and promotion. This is a career grade post allowing flexibility to progress to senior level subject to experience and qualifications.
As a graduate planner you will play a direct role in assisting with the Local Plan process, including undertaking consultation with the public and a wide range of stakeholders. You will have responsibility for supporting the production of Supplementary Planning Documents and undertake survey and analysis of data to support monitoring. You will also work positively with a range of partners on neighbourhood planning and help to resolve interesting and complex planning policy and delivery issues as part of your work.
Runnymede is a highly attractive place to live and work, located close to London and within one of the most economically dynamic locations in the UK. It is home to several historic towns and villages and surrounded by beautiful countryside and parks. Our modern offices are based in Addlestone town centre which has a cinema, shops, gym and railway station all within walking distance.
In addition to a competitive salary, training opportunities and a supportive workplace culture that allows you to develop and grow, Runnymede Borough Council offers a competitive benefits package including:
- 23 days annual leave rising to 28 days subject to length of service
- flexible working arrangements
- membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
- payment of professional fees
- a relocation benefits package and mortgage/rental equalisation scheme
- health care scheme (after 3 years service)
- discounted sports membership and local retail discount scheme.
If you would like to find out more about the role or working with us please contact Rachel Raynaud on 01932 425501 or Trevor Saunders on 01932 425248.
To apply, please upload your CV with an accompanying statement online via www.surreyjobs.info.Please also outline how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Full information, including the Job Description, Person Specification and other details about Runnymede Borough Council, is available in the Extra Information attachment on the website. If it is difficult for you to apply online, please contact Human Resources on 01932 425514 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please provide an email address where possible as you will be contacted by email if you are selected to attend for an interview.
If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you should assume that unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
Closing date: Sunday 8th March 2020
Interview date : Friday 20th March 2020