Planning Policy Officer - Career grade
  • Employer: Runnymede Borough Council
  • Reference: 884P
  • Published: Fri 19/02/2021, 10:40 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 07/03/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Up to 37 hours per week, Applications for job share (if sufficient interest) will be considered. Although a full-time candidate or two job share candidates are preferred, candidates seeking part time hours (minimum of 3 days a week) will also be considered
  • Salary: £26,904 - £44,751 per annum depending on qualifications and experience
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre, Surrey

Vacancy Location

More Information

More about this employer

Planning Policy Officer - Career grade

If you are looking to move forward and continue building your career in the planning profession, this is an exciting time to join Runnymede Borough Council. The Council has recently commenced a review of its Local Plan and is looking for a new team member to assist with this process. Joining our small and friendly planning policy team will enable you to develop quickly, taking forward projects that will assist us in delivering growth in a way that respects and maintains the character of Runnymede and delivers infrastructure and services to support it.

Who we are

The Planning Policy team is an ambitious team within the Planning Policy and Economic Development Business Unit, committed to planning positively to meet the growth needs of this special Borough.  Runnymede’s location at the edge of London, close to Heathrow Airport make it an interesting place to pursue the challenges of plan making and delivery. The Local Plan sets out ambitious growth for the Borough, including a new Garden Village and Enterprise Zone at Longcross. 

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking a confident, self-motivated and diplomatic person with a positive work ethic who wants to progress their career within a supportive and friendly team. Applicants will be expected to either be chartered members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or be eligible for chartered membership. Applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the planning system and a minimum of two years’ experience of working within the field. You will also need to be highly organised and able to work independently as well as in a team. You should be able to work positively with a range of partners, give clear accurate advice and have good verbal, numerical, problem-solving, IT and written skills, and be able to demonstrate your ability and experience of delivering good quality work within agreed timescales. The successful candidate must have a full driving license with access to a vehicle insured for business use. 

What can we offer you?

Our team provides a supportive and positive environment in which to work and develop with a proven track record of mentoring planners to full RTPI membership and senior positions. This is a career grade post allowing either appointment at Senior Planning Policy Officer level, or at Planning Policy Officer level but with flexibility to progress to senior level subject to experience and qualifications.

The successful candidate will play an important role in assisting with the Local Plan process, including undertaking consultation with the public and a wide range of stakeholders. It is likely that you will be working on developing the evidence base to underpin the spatial strategy for the next iteration of the Local Plan. This will involve assessing the suitability and capacity of potential development sites for different uses. Experience in this area is therefore desirable.  You will also help to resolve a range of other interesting and complex planning policy and delivery issues as part of your work.

Runnymede is a highly attractive place to live and work, located close to London and within one of the most economically dynamic locations in the UK.  It is home to several historic towns and villages and surrounded by beautiful countryside and parks. Our modern offices are based in Addlestone town centre which has a cinema, shops, gym and station all within walking distance.

In addition to a competitive salary, training and development opportunities and a supportive workplace culture that allows you to develop and grow, Runnymede Borough Council offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • 23 days annual leave rising to 28 days subject to length of service
  • flexible working arrangements (in terms of working hours and home working)
  • membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • payment of professional fees
  • a relocation benefits package and mortgage/rental equalisation scheme
  • health care scheme (after 3 years’ service)

If you would like to find out more about the role or working with us, please contact Rachel Raynaud on 01932 425501 or Georgina Pacey on 01932 425248.

To apply, please upload your CV with an accompanying statement online via Please also outline how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. If it is difficult for you to apply online, please contact HR via email

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please provide an email address where possible as you will be contacted by email if you are selected to attend for an interview.

Should you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date of the vacancy; you have not been shortlisted for this post.

Closing date: Sunday 7th March 2021

Interview date: w/c Monday 15th March 2021

How to Apply

To apply, please upload your CV with an accompanying statement online via Please also outline how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Full information, including the Job Description, Person Specification and other details about Runnymede Borough Council, is available in the Extra Information attachment. If it is difficult for you to apply online, please contact HR via email

Apply Now