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"Making Stevenage better for everyone"

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Post number 006698 
Location Stevenage
Hours per week 37 hours a week 
Salary Starting from £45,859 to £47,839 (pro rata for hours worked)
Full / Part time Full-time 
Contract Permanent 
Closing date Friday 5 November 2021 at 5pm
Interview dates Week commencing Monday 15 November 2021 

Stevenage - A New Era

The scale of ambition across Britain’s First New Town is unprecedented. A major £billion town centre regeneration programme is currently underway along with a £45 million refurbishment of council homes. At the same time there is significant investment across the town’s neighbourhoods to make lives better. All of this is being driven by a council with a co-operative commitment to working with its communities and driving a modern and agile approach to its work.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on Stevenage, as it has across towns and cities across the UK. As the town embarks on its recovery plan it does so attempting to ensure that no-one is left behind. The council has recently agreed an Inclusive Economy Charter and has also announced an Equalities Commission. The aim of both of these is to tackle issues of social exclusion and to ensure opportunities are created for everyone across the town. The local voluntary sector has also come together to work to secure resources to tackle the challenges ahead.

The next 12 months will be critical to the town’s recovery.

About the role

This is an exciting time for Stevenage Borough Council, with its Local Plan having been adopted in 2019, its ambitious growth plans can start to be realised. A comprehensive town centre regeneration scheme is already underway, taking advantage of its ideal locational connections to London and the North via Thameslink, and new settlements on the edge of the town will soon become a reality.

We are looking for a Principal Planning Officer within the Planning Policy Team to take on the challenge of ensuring this growth can be delivered in an effective and sustainable way. The focus of these roles will be on implementing and monitoring a Community Infrastructure Levy for Stevenage and delivering its active travel objectives by embedding sustainable transport into a wide-range of corporate projects and objectives.

The successful applicants will be offered an excellent opportunity to take a leading role in implementing CIL, produce and update SPDs, and work on large-scale sites, including the town centre regeneration scheme, to promote our active travel objectives, alongside a wide range of other planning policy work. They will take the lead on maintaining strong relationships with local transport partners and bodies, to promote the interests of the Borough Council.

You will have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with members of the public, colleagues and members, to work effectively with stakeholders, and the ability to analyse and formulate robust and effective planning and transport policies. Good written communication skills are essential.

A full knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Acts, the Local Planning Regulations and allied legislation along with a Degree or equivalent recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and eligibility for RTPI Membership is an essential requirement of the role.

As a proactive local authority that is keen to deliver new homes and jobs as soon as possible for its residents, and a supportive and friendly working environment, Stevenage Borough Council is a great place to work.

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

  • Pension Scheme: we offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants.
  • Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
  • Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
  • 24 days holiday rising to 30 days (depending on Local Government service).
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities.
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
  • Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC).
  • Discounted Health and Fitness membership at Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL).
  • Trade Unions: for a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.

Our values

We care passionately about our town and are committed to making a real difference now and into the future.

Our approach is driven by Our Values. These guide and inform everything we do; delivering our services, making Stevenage a great place to live, working with our partners, and ensuring SBC is an inspiring place for our staff to work.

Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification

We are unable to accept CV’s. Please quote the correct reference no. when applying 006698.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please also read the guidance notes on completing the application form before proceeding with your application.

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For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Lewis Claridge (Planning Policy Manager) on 01438 242158.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date in certain circumstances. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

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We look forward to receiving your application.


Stevenage Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities for all.

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

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