Senior Policy Officer (Strategic Policy) Planner

North Yorkshire County Council
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
£39,880 to £43,857
Closing date
21 Oct 2021

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Location: Northallerton – can be home working with an expectation to work from County Hall when required.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Planner to join our Growth and Heritage Team due to staff secondment for a one year fixed contract.  While advertised as full time substantial part time and job share will be considered. Internal secondments will be eligible.

The role

You will be part of a multi-disciplined supportive and dynamic team working to shape the future of North Yorkshire. We are highly regarded professionals who are part of National professional bodies  and debate covering Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure and the Natural and Historic Environment.

As a Senior Policy Officer, you will be responsible for developing, monitoring and reviewing the County Council’s strategic policies, objectives and priorities in relation to spatial and strategic land use planning, marine planning and sustainable development including contributing to and leading on major infrastructure projects.  You will contribute towards, and be responsible as required in the preparation, influencing, monitoring and implementation of national, regional and sub-regional policy in relation to land-use planning, infrastructure planning, and sustainable development. You will report on current issues relating to your policy areas and major projects to a range of different audiences including Executive Members of the Council.

What you will bring to the team

We are looking for someone who is passionate about planning and has detailed knowledge of the planning principles. A strong communicator who can lead big complex projects and bring people together as the role will involve working with outside agencies such as LEP, the Housing Board and NGO’s to name but a few.

The successful candidate will bring:

Planning, Urban Design or relevant planning or land use qualification;

Knowledge and understanding of the issues and processes relating to the preparation and implementation of town and country and marine planning policy;

A broad understanding and awareness of housing policy, issues, processes, and organisational roles in a local authority context;

Significant experience of planning policy formulation, regional and sub-regional planning and environmental policy;

Experience of developing and managing work programmes;

Experience of policy formulation, regional and sub-regional policy and environmental initiatives;

A strong ability of decision making and analytical skills, and;

Persuading, Influencing and Negotiating Skills.

Working at North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council prides itself on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire as well as being the employer of choice. Our vision is for North Yorkshire to be a thriving county, which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit. We are a top-rated authority and great changes are afoot to continue with the improvements that have already transformed working within the council.

We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and workforce, we aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential, to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities. We heavily invest in the development of our employees, providing training and development to further enhance their careers.

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Continuous professional development; we invest in your personal development and your future
  • Flexible working hours;
  • A local government pension scheme;
  • Relocation support package;
  • Family friendly leave;
  • Salary sacrifice schemes;
  • Employee discount benefits.

Considering relocating to North Yorkshire?

North Yorkshire is a great place to live with easy access to the wonderful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and a beautiful coastline. There is a rich diversity of environments to enjoy for all the family - outdoor activities like Brimham Rocks and coastal walks, also vibrant places such as York, Leeds and Harrogate. With good access routes A1(M), A19 and A64 & M62, making North Yorkshire easily accessible from many surrounding areas including Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Teesside, Hull, East Riding, West Yorkshire and Doncaster. 

 If you are a family person, North Yorkshire has a high percentage of Ofsted rated “good” schools and is amongst the top 15% of GCSE results in the country. With all the above it makes North Yorkshire a great place to live.  In return we can offer you a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes a variety of retail discounts. You can also expect to receive ongoing support throughout your role and to be part of a friendly and dedicated team. We also have a range of vacancies that may suit your partner’s

If you have experience in Planning policy we would love to hear from you.

For further information about the role please contact Liz Small on 07583032570.

To apply for this position please send your CV to Trish Gourley at by 21st October 2021

It is important that your CV is in word format and includes your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification.

Key dates:

Closing date: 21st October

Interview date: 28th October


The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The County Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

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