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Head of Strategic Planning Policy

City of York Council
York, North Yorkshire
£50,630 to £57,214 per annum
Closing date
14 Oct 2021

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team, Regeneration and Local Economies, Built Environment, Planning, Regeneration
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Full time
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Are you an experienced strategic planning professional and manager looking for an exciting new challenge to progress the Local Plan for the city of York?

Our current Head of Strategic Planning Policy will soon be going on maternity leave and we are looking for someone with the experience, skills, knowledge and confidence to lead, manage and support the small professional planning policy team, including external consultants, until January 2023.

If you are ready for a new challenge, are an experienced leader with a strong track record of resolving complex planning policy issues and are looking for an interim role, then we would welcome your application and an opportunity to discuss this role further with you.

Our draft Local Plan is in examination. It a high priory of the Council to progress the Plan through to adoption in 2022. You will take day to day management responsibility for progressing the Local Plan and the other planning policy matters relevant to the City of York Council. Working collaboratively to achieve our strategic priorities, plans and objectives will be a key objective for the role.

As the head of the Policy team you will need have the ability to engage and seek to convey your expertise in a way that is persuasive and positive for your team, your peers and key stakeholders.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to enhance their career portfolio and be part of growing the city’s plan to promote development and to protect the quality of York's unique historic, natural and built environment.

The Council is highly committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Mike Slater, Interim Assistant Director Place. Email  or phone 07786 110312

Closing date:  Thursday 14 October 2021 at 12 midnight

Interview  Week commencing Monday  1 November 2021


The City of York has a rich history stretching back nearly 2000 years; George VI once said that: 'The history of York is the history of England'. York has a wealth of heritage and history. York attracts over four million visitors a year and popular destinations include York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, the Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Tourism is an important industry in York and the city also has a thriving bioscience, technology and research sector, centred on the City's Science Park. Other major employers include Nestle, City of York Council and York Hospitals NHS Trust. York has excellent transport links, being on the East Coast Mainline and close to the A1M. From York seaside resorts such as Scarborough, Whitby and Filey or the North York Moors National Park are a short journey by road or rail.

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