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Senior Strategic Planning Policy Officer

  • Location: Aylesbury Vale
  • Ref: FS11336
  • Closing date: 19th December 2019
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £30,874 - £37,188
Corporate Office Based


We are investing in our Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Service and recruiting to a Senior Strategic Planning Policy Officers to take lead on strategic spatial planning and development across the county to influence the delivery of infrastructure to support the housing and economic growth.

This is your chance to make a lasting impact on our county. From developing the connected transport networks of the future and driving sustainable business growth, to innovative waste management and ambitious urban regeneration, the future of Buckinghamshire’s environment and infrastructure is in your hands. 

About Us

On 01 November 2018, it was announced by the government that the five councils in Buckinghamshire will become a single unitary authority in April 2020.  Any changes made to the structure of local authorities in the county may affect council employees in the future.  Therefore, the five councils have agreed to restrict applications to this position to current employees of the five councils for a period of 14 days from 21st November to the 5th  December.  External candidates are welcome to submit their application at any point; however, if a current employee applies during this 14 day period, their application will be assessed prior to the council considering applications from external candidates.


About the role

This is an excellent career development role where you’ll be given the support to develop and fine tune your planning skills, expertise and judgement. You’ll be part of an ambitious team with a dynamic and commercial approach. It’s a great place to develop your knowledge and experience and further you professional career.

Expect to be involved in a range of national as well as sub-national infrastructure projects and to provide professional advice and support to diverse internal and external customers – all with an emphasis on strategic planning, neighbourhood planning, minerals and waste policy. You will gain a considerable amount of experience working with the districts on their local plans, responding to consultations and significant planning applications.

Supporting the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Manager and Head of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure in the development and delivery of County wide strategic planning policy and infrastructure strategy, including the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan, you will provide strategic planning advice and intelligence to decision makers, including elected members, both within the Growth & Strategy service, across the Transport, Economy and Environment Directorate and across other County Council business units.

For full details of the responsibilities of this role, please see the job summary below.


About you

For the Senior Officer position, you will be educated to degree level or equivalent in planning, you’ll have extensive knowledge of the English planning system, together with experience of strategic planning and wider policy making. Excellent organisational and time management skills, along with keen attention to detail are essential.

You will have good inter-personal skills and be able to build working relationships with councillors, other professionals and the wider public, you will also need good written and spoken communication skills, and a commitment to customer care.

Other Information

Buckinghamshire County Council is entering one of the most exciting periods of change in its history. We are looking to become a more agile, commercial and digitally-focussed organisation.

We are working to provide maximum benefits to our residents and shape our county for the future. With substantial investment in place, we now need people who are determined to make this transformation happen. In return, we offer some of the best benefits around; everything from a good work-life balance and flexible working to discounted public transport and sports centre membership.

For further information in respect of these posts contact Sally Sharp on 01296 387434 or sasharp@buckscc.gov.uk

Our Values

Ambitious. Accountable. Caring. Collaborative.

Our values are what make our culture at BCC unique and we expect all our people to live them in their approach.  Ambitious. We want people with a strong desire and determination to succeed. Accountable. Our people take pride in owning actions and decisions. It’s all about using our resources wisely and recognising that the public money we use is all going towards a better future. Caring. We’re people, working for people. Being caring, kind and supportive is intrinsic. Collaborative. Working in a team, sharing ideas and knowledge only means positive things. By creating more effective solutions together, we are able to deliver better outcomes to the county as a whole.

About the business unit

The future of our county's environment and infrastructure is in your hands. Buckinghamshire - one of the fastest growing economies in the UK - is facing an exciting period of major growth. Our aim is to manage the major growth pressures within Buckinghamshire in a tough financial climate. Commercial and innovative, we are developing policies that strike the right balance between environment protection and growth. We’re adopting innovative solutions to service delivery and growth. We partner with businesses and community sectors in virtually everything we do; playing to the strengths of these sectors to deliver first class services to our customers.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

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