Policy Officer - Urban Design
  • Employer: Guildford Borough Council
  • Reference: 1/21/147121
  • Published: Wed 31/03/2021, 8:54 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 26/04/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £29,820 - £42,988 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Millmead House Offices, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB, Surrey

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Policy Officer - Urban Design

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Guildford Borough Council’s Design and Conservation Team in the role of Policy Officer (Urban Design) to provide proactive specialist urban design advice and to play a key role in shaping future built development within the Borough.

It is an unprecedented time for Guildford and an interesting time to be joining the authority. The recent adoption of our ambitious local plan means that the Borough is set to embark on a period of significant growth over the coming decade, including the delivery of near to 9,000 homes across 5 newly planned neighbourhoods and a major regeneration opportunity within the historic town centre of Guildford.


Job Profile

To enable the delivery of these ambitions, a highly experienced and qualified Urban Designer is being sought to lead and champion high quality contextual urban design and help shape sustainable development and growth in the Borough.

Working within the Council’s Strategic Service, the role will involve a stimulating balance of casework and strategic guidance, and will include:

  • Leading in placemaking and urban design across the borough, including newly planned neighbourhoods, housing projects, regeneration areas and town centre projects
  • Providing proactive design advice on major PPAs and planning applications, as well as working with developers and their representatives on all matters relating to urban design and the built form
  • Providing advice on proposals with significant impacts on the public realm and on environmental improvement schemes
  • Evaluating existing guidance and producing up to date guidance and development
  • Contributing to ongoing policy work

Applicants should have a recognised degree/post graduate qualification in urban design, planning or architecture as well as proven professional experience within the urban design field role. Excellent verbal, written and illustrative communication, effective time management and a sound knowledge and proactive use of national design policy, guidance and legislation are all essential. You will also have an ability to build a rapport and working relationship with stakeholders, elected members, consultees, colleagues and local communities.

Membership of a recognised professional body (RIBA, RTPI, RICS) would also be desirable as would experience of working within a local planning authority or similar agency.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Louise Blaxall, Policy Officer (Design & Conservation) at louise.blaxall@guildford.gov.uk

The role is located at our attractive riverside offices, close to Guildford Town Centre, a short walk from the station. As a Council we offer many employee benefits including a career average earnings pension scheme, childcare vouchers, generous annual leave and a good work life balance.

A basic DBS check will be required for the successful applicant prior to appointment.

How to Apply

Our preferred method is online application however if you do require a hard copy application pack please contact Human Resources, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB. Telephone (01483) 444111 (24-hr). Alternatively e-mail sally.nielsen@guildford.gov.uk quoting the relevant post number. Please note that we do not accept CVs, please ensure that you complete the application form fully.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and post-holders to share this commitment. To fulfil this commitment we have robust systems in place for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers.


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