Principal Planning Officer

Sedgemoor District Council

Principal Planning Officer

Sedgemoor District Council has an ambitious growth agenda that seeks to maximise the benefits of its location on the M5 growth corridor, proximity to the nearby Hinkley C nuclear power station, Europe’s largest construction project, and the attractiveness of the surrounding high quality environment that includes the world famous Somerset Levels and Moors.

An exciting opportunity has now arisen to work within the Planning Policy Team with a key focus on supporting the delivery of critical infrastructure necessary to enable growth. Working with key partners there is a need to progress a range of highway schemes, new walking and cycling routes, strategic flood defences, and public realm improvements.

The postholder will also support all aspects of planning policy and the team will shortly be commencing a review of the adopted local plan, this may be significantly different given emerging proposals for major changes to the planning system. Whatever form the next plan takes, the district faces key challenges of delivering high levels of housing and employment growth.

The successful applicant will lead on all aspects of infrastructure delivery in the district working closely with partners such as Somerset County Council, the Environment Agency and Highways England as well as major housebuilders and developers. They will also support the local plan review including updating of the infrastructure delivery plan and be expected to client consultant commissions.

The successful applicant will have a degree in town planning or related subject. They will need to be enthusiastic, have a flexible approach to working hours and be a team player.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Nick Tait, Service Manager – Policy on 01278 435220

Please be aware that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the interviews for this post will be carried out virtually, and the successful applicant will be required to work from home, being provided with a virtual induction until further notice. – All equipment will be provided.

All posts are subject to a Baseline Personal Security Standard Check through the Disclosure Procedure.

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