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Strategic Planning Officer/Senior Strategic Officer

Starting from £31,001 – £39,053
37 hours per week
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Closing date:
21 February 2023 12:00

About Us

North Hertfordshire is a large rural district with approximately 125,000 residents with four historic towns, Hitchin, Baldock, Royston and Letchworth Garden City and many villages of varying scales, identity, and characteristics. Much of the District is made up of beautiful rural countryside embracing parts of the Chilterns AONB.

The Council has a clear vision: to make North Hertfordshire a district in which everyone who lives, works or visits is able to flourish.

Your Role

The Council has just adopted its new Local Plan and the Council’s planning service is growing; this is an exciting time for an experienced planning professional to join our Strategic Planning Team.

As well as helping to implement the adopted Local Plan, you will take a role in shaping and directing the next review of the Plan. This will shape the future of the District over the period to the early 2040s in the context of our declared climate emergency and an evolving planning system.

You will be responsible for managing diverse relationships with some of our eight neighbouring districts to identify and deliver cross-boundary projects that secure the best planning outcomes for North Hertfordshire as well as providing oversight of other planning and monitoring activities within the District in our small and friendly but growing team set within the wider planning department.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and qualified team player with membership of (or eligibility for) the RTPI and in-depth knowledge of key areas of planning policy. You are creative and enthusiastic about making a positive difference for the residents of North Hertfordshire.

The Council operates a generous flexi-time scheme as well as offering a number of other benefits, including a car user allowance, free car parking and the payment of professional fees. If you want to develop your career with a positive and forward-thinking organisation, we would like to hear from you.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, you can contact Nigel Smith, Strategic Planning Manager on 01462 474847 or Deborah Coates, Principal Strategic Planning Officer on 01462 474353.

Your Rewards

  • Local Government Pension Scheme (18% employer contribution)
  • Generous annual leave, including Christmas close down period
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Free car parking
  • Discounts, including 50% off gym membership
  • Flexible working options including flexi scheme and homeworking

We are dedicated to promoting a healthy work/life balance and ensuring all members of our team feel that they are making a difference to the local community and are valued by our organisation.

Interview date: 8 March 2023

How to apply

To apply for a position you must complete the online application form and submit it to be received by us no later than midday on the closing date. 

Please note that we do not accept CV applications, either on their own or accompanying application forms. Therefore please ensure that all relevant information is provided on the application form.

As a Council committed to equality and diversity, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.  Disabled people who meet the person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

To apply, please follow the link below to our online recruitment service:

If you have any questions or require assistance, please email and one of our team will respond to you.

Guidance on completing the application form

Your completed application form will be vital during the recruitment process, both for shortlisting and at interview. Therefore please ensure that you complete the form clearly, accurately and in full.

Please read the advertisement, job description, person specification and additional information carefully before completing the application form.

When completing the application form you should target your skills and experience towards the criteria listed in the person specification and provide examples to demonstrate how you are able to meet each criteria.

As part of the application form we ask for Monitoring Information. Please remember to complete this section as it is essential in enabling the Council to monitor the effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity policy. Please note that this information is not passed on to the Recruiting Manager during the application process (it is retained in Human Resources for monitoring purposes) to ensure that each application is shortlisted based solely on information relating to the post.

If you are selected to attend for interview we will let you know approximately 5 working days before the interview date. In the event of you not hearing by this date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

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