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Principal Planning Officer

Wirtschaft & Fundraising
Politik & Menschenrechte
Dienstort Witney
Dienstverhältnis Vollzeit
Veröffentlicht am 08.02.2024

West Oxfordshire District Council

Are you motivated by the reward of delivering a strategic planning policy service?

An exceptionally rare opportunity to join our excellent planning service at West Oxfordshire District Council as a Principal Planning Policy Officer has arisen, with the current postholder retiring after more than 35 years of service.

You will be joining a small, tight-knit team to help spearhead and shape a variety of high profile projects including the development of a new Local Plan for West Oxfordshire.

This permanent, full-time role offers the flexibility of working within the offices at Witney and agile working, allowing you that extra freedom and work life balance.

Are you an experienced planning policy specialist, looking to take the next stage in your career? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Our Planning Service is fundamental to the success of the council’s ambition for a sustainable future, and we are passionate about tackling the climate and ecological emergencies that have been declared in the area. From Salt Cross Garden Village to the development of a new world class car museum at Enstone, our focus is on enabling our communities in West Oxfordshire and beyond to thrive, creating great places for people to live, work, learn and enjoy. We want our future generations to thrive too and are serious in tackling issues concerning climate and the environment. Now is a fantastic time to be joining us.

We are seeking a highly skilled Principal Planning Policy Officer to join a dynamic team. You will play a pivotal role in delivering strategic planning policies, enabling positive change, whilst being a cog in aiding strategic council priorities, including the new Local Plan 2041.

You will need to have both technical expertise and strong leadership qualities to support the range of strategic-level development proposals and service improvement of the Planning policy service within the changing backdrop at a local and national level. You will be working at a specialist level and the responsibilities in the role profile reflect this.

Ultimately, we are looking for an experienced Planning Policy Officer, but we would also welcome applications from candidates looking to step up in their career or move across from other areas of planning.

‘I joined the planning policy team around 5 months ago and was immediately made to feel really welcome and valued by everyone. The work has been really interesting and varied with no two days the same. I’ve also been given lots of training opportunities and can genuinely see myself as staying here for some time as it is a really positive and pleasant place to work’.

You will need:

  • Educated to Planning related degree or equivalent in a relevant profession with relevant on the job experience.
  • Full Membership/ qualification for the RTPI.
  • Substantial experience at Senior Planner level.
  • Ability to inspire and successfully motivate others towards shared objectives.
  • Deliver commitments and take ownership of own caseload, reshaping of plans to deliver required outcomes.

If you would like to arrange an informal chat, please contact the Council’s Planning Policy Manager Chris Hargraves on

What can we do for you

  • Agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • Flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 27 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • Health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • Pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car lease scheme with huge tax and NI savings to be made on electric cars
  • Access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)
  • Generous sickness cover above statutory entitlements
  • Additional income protection, covering 50% of your salary for potentially a further five years if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury
  • Life assurance, currently four times your annual salary

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!

To apply for this position please click on “apply now” within this page and submit your CV and supporting statement. Please tell us about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, experience and how they meet the criteria listed above and in the job description/person specification. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so let us know what’s important to you and why you want to work for Publica Group Ltd..

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