Policy and Planning Manager
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: 8905
  • Published: Sun 26/01/2020, 14:30 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 23/02/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Flexible Hours
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £46,542 to £49,656 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Priory House, Chicksands, Bedfordshire

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Policy and Planning Manager

Team: Strategic Growth

Job Family: CBG14 - Enabling
Salary: £46,542 to £49,656 per annum pro rata
Hours:  Full-time, 37 hours per week

Base Location: Priory House, Shefford, Bedfordshire

Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: Sunday 23rd February 2020


More about the role:

We are looking for a Policy and Planning Manager to take the lead in delivering local planning policy documents, including a new Local Plan, for Central Bedfordshire. Managing a team of officers, from Planning Officer to Principal level, this is a great opportunity to deliver sustainable growth within a diverse and dynamic area.  Find your greatness planning and delivering sustainable communities in Central Bedfordshire.


 This is an exciting time for Central Bedfordshire. As one of the largest Unitary Authorities in the country, our unique geographical location means we are at the focus of national conversations around growth. The government has identified the Oxford to Cambridge Arc as a priority area for development and economic investment, with ambitions to deliver up to one million homes by 2050. Significant investment in infrastructure, with schemes such as East-West Rail, has the potential to act as a catalyst for future growth in Central Bedfordshire.


The emerging Local Plan provides a strong basis for delivering much needed homes and jobs, as well as protecting our green and historic assets. However, our commitment to an early partial review of this plan will provide us with the opportunity to consider the impacts of the Arc more broadly and to ensure Central Bedfordshire uses this opportunity to benefit from this ambition, working in partnership with the Government to bring forward higher levels of growth and enhancing our economy.


Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. Our attractive market towns and villages and surrounding countryside, all boosted by a prime location, great transport links and a high performing economy provide an excellent basis for delivering new homes and jobs, whilst also ensuring communities are created and environmental assets are protected.


Your role

You will be responsible for managing the day to day operation of a team focused on the delivery of the Council’s Local Plan and all other policy formulation relevant to the Service.

Your responsibilities

  • Leading the Local Plans team – managing, development and appraising staff
  • Delivering local policy documents, including the Local Plan, Local Development Scheme and Supplementary Planning Documents.
  • Providing written and verbal evidence to Local Plan Examinations in Public
  • Work cohesively with partners and colleagues to ensure a joined up approach in the development and implementation of jointly agreed policies and approaches, in liaison with the Strategic Plan Partnership Manager.
  • Be responsible for the analysis of, and response to, national and local policies and changes in legislation and their effect on the Council’s Place making agenda.
  • Manage a proactive programme of ongoing community engagement to continuously inform policy creation and decision making.


Your qualifications, skills and experience

You will have a degree or equivalent recognised qualification in Planning and be an experienced RTPI accredited planning professional. You will have a proven track record of policy development and analysis and of managing a programme of community engagement to inform policy creation and decision making, as well as line management experience. 


Your benefits

Membership of the competitive Local Government Pension Scheme from day one, agile working (plus laptop and smartphone), generous Flexitime scheme offering up to an additional 12 days leave per annum, relocation package (subject to eligibility), and many other staff discounts. A full overview of benefits on offer is included in the Recruitment Pack.

Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance of continuous professional development. Find your greatness playing your part in our area’s growth.




Ready to apply?

To apply for this role, you will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack: Policy & Planning Manager Recruitment Pack

Click HERE to apply now

Would you like to chat about the role? Contact Caroline Danby, Head of Strategic Growth, on 0300 300 6771 or email caroline.danby@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Do you have a query about the application process? Contact The Recruitment Team at recruitment@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk




Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.


Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.


To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider CVs submitted via our online system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your CV offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please click here for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role.

How to Apply

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