Principal Planning Policy Officer

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Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your career in planning?

Selby District Council has an ambition to become the best planning authority in England through a commitment to working closely and pro-actively with our customers and through the continued improvement of our services. This ambition was recognised in September when the Council won the 2018 Local Authority of the Year Award at the Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards.

The Selby District’s a great place to be.  Our market towns and picturesque villages support a great quality of life and is perfect for families.  Our area’s in one of the safest counties in England, and we benefit from top quality education including one of the best further education colleges in England.  House prices here are lower than our urban neighbours, which means you get more for your money.  We’re well connected too, with great road and rail links to all parts of the UK.  We’re also within easy reach of some of the UK’s leading cities, including Leeds, York and Hull.

Contract Type Fixed Term (up to 2 years)
Section Planning Policy
Salary Band 4a
Annual Salary £36,153 per annum (£36,876 from 1 April 2019) + car user allowance + free car parking
Hours 37 per week
Reference SEL0099-02

What’s the job?

The newly expanded Planning team has a key role to play in the future of Selby District and helping to deliver high quality development, place making and support sustainable economic growth. This includes helping to deliver some of the largest development projects in North Yorkshire which have significant implications for new infrastructure. It’s hard to find a more rewarding and challenging place to work than in Planning at Selby. We are the fastest growing part of North Yorkshire, with the challenge of balancing this growth whilst protecting our historic heritage and Green Belts.

The Planning team has a key role to play in the future of Selby District and helping to deliver high quality development, place making and support sustainable economic growth.

We are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to take the lead on Infrastructure and Highways issues. Although the role is within the Planning Team you will work closely alongside colleagues in the Communities and Partnerships Team, Economic and Regeneration and North Yorkshire County Council.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people with experience in transport/infrastructure planning and a good knowledge of wider transport issues. You will provide technical input into the preparation of the Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Local Plan, Masterplanning exercises, providing input into Major Planning Applications and key infrastructure projects such as HS2. You will also work closely with a range of external partners such as Highways England, North Yorkshire County Council and neighbouring Local Authorities.

You will need to be able to demonstrate strong analytical and communication skills as you will be leading on a range of key projects. In addition you will be able to demonstrate understanding and experience in transport demand and supply modelling, forecasting and the evaluation of transport proposals.

Further information

We offer a highly competitive salary, flexi-time, free car parking, car allowance, discounted gym membership and access to an employee benefit scheme which gives discounts on various day to day purchases. The Council will also support post graduate learning opportunities to assist development in your planning career.

If you are interested in this role and would like to know more, please contact Caroline Skelly (Planning Policy Manager) on 01757 292137 or by emailing

How to apply

For application documents, please use the links below.

Please note that CVs are not accepted.

Applications for Job Share will be considered sympathetically.

Selby District Council is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date Sunday 3 March 2019

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