If you are looking to move forward and continue building your career in the planning profession, this is an exciting time to join Runnymede Borough Council, as we finalise our new Borough local plan, begin to implement its policies and look forward to its future review. Joining our small and friendly planning policy team will enable you to develop quickly, taking forward projects that will assist us in delivering our plans for growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Runnymede and whilst delivering new infrastructure and services to support it.
Who we are
Planning Policy is an ambitious team within the Planning Policy and Economic Development Business Unit, committed to planning positively to meet the growth needs of this special Borough. 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, self-motivated and diplomatic person with a positive work ethic who wants to progress their career within a supportive and friendly team. Applicants will require an RTPI accredited degree in town planning, a good understanding of the planning system and have a minimum of two years’ experience of working within the field. Full RTPI membership is desirable. You will need to be highly 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, be confident in giving clear accurate advice and have excellent verbal, numerical, problem-solving, IT and written skills. You should also be able to demonstrate your ability and experience of delivering good quality work within agreed timescales. You must have a full driving license with access to a vehicle insured for business use.
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 capable Planning Policy Officer, you will play an important 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 preparing or 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 station all within walking distance.
In addition to a competitive salary, training and development 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. 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