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Town Planner / Urban Design Officer (Local Authority)

Employer: South Oxfordshire District Council / Vale of White Horse District Council

  • Reference: 00316247
  • Published on: Fri 01/09/2017 10:34 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 29/09/2017 10:34 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours:
  • Salary: £37872 - £42191 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Abingdon

Town Planner / Urban Design Officer (Local Authority) 

South Oxfordshire District Council is a forward thinking local authority, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. 

Position: Urban Design Officer

  Location: Abingdon & Milton Park, Didcot

  Job Type: Full Time, Permanent 

Hours: 37 hours per week 

Salary: £37,872 – £42,191per year 

Benefits: A basic 23 days annual leave per annum, rising to 28 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. Flexible working and annualised hours; pension scheme; childcare voucher scheme; Cyclescheme; gym membership, free swims, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users, after work sports clubs and more; ample free parking available. 


Main duties and responsibilities: 

- To lead in providing specialist urban design advice to both internal and external customers, relating to the councils’ statutory and non-statutory planning functions, including advice on:

- Proposals with significant impacts on the public realm

- Environmental improvement schemes 

- Complex and/or sensitive design matters 

- to prepare or to assist in the preparation of urban design and other relevant policies for local planning policy documents and guidance including design briefs / guides. To monitor and review such policies and documents 

- to provide advice and input into other council policy documents and initiatives, including the councils’ Property Service on major property disposals 

- to provide expert advice to Development Management on for example major planning applications where significant urban design issues are involved 

- to represent the councils and give evidence at appeals, court proceedings and public examinations and advise the councils and their committees 

- to maintain and develop strong technical ability, the highest professional standards, excellent communication skills, enthusiasm and ambition within the team by providing advice, support and coaching to more junior members of the team and to other officers on urban design 

- preparation of material for public consultation and attendance at for example public exhibitions and public meetings 

- responses to consultations on national policy and guidance documents 

- involvement in staff, Councillor and parish training events, and attendance at Parish and Town Council evening meetings 


About you: 

- Degree or diploma in recognised urban design qualification or an equivalent level of experience or qualification 

- Professional qualification in urban design 

- Membership of a recognised urban design group 

- Hold a full and current driving licence, and have access to a car insured for business use 

- Significant experience in urban design work 

- IT experience using Windows and good keyboard skills 

- Experience of working within a customer focused environment dealing with the public 

- Ability to interpret scale drawings 

- Ability to interpret policies and law 

-Knowledge of Planning legislation and policy and of national policies affecting urban design

- Able to project manage work 


If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus: 

- Additional education in a related discipline, such as landscape architecture 

- Experience of working in the Public Sector 

- Experience using Sketch up, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe photoshop / GIMP, Vector Works, CAD, In-design, Inkscape  

- Experience in conservation, landscape, arboricultural or ecological work 


You may have experience of the following: Urban Design, Town Planning Officer, Conservation, Landscape Architecture Urban Planning Officer, Council, Town and Country Planning Act, Regeneration, Spatial Planning Officer, RTPI, Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning Policy Officer, Development Control Planner, Planning Consultant, Town Planner, etc.  This vacancy is being advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications.

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