Principal Policy Officer

Hertford, Hertfordshire
£42107 - £51201 per annum
Built environment
Rashani Johnson
  • Rashani Johnson
  • Principal Delivery Consultant

Job Title: Principal Planning Policy Officer

Salary: £42,107 – £51,201 (including local weighting) + £3,500 Market Supplement

Working Arrangements: Full time – Requirement to be in the office 2- 3 days per week.

Location: Hertford


Panoramic Associates are working on an exclusive basis to support East Herts District Council in the appointment of an experienced Principal Planning Policy Officer to join the team.

East Herts District Council is the ninth busiest planning team in the country, where you will encounter a stimulating and diverse workload that delves into a wide array of policy challenges and issues.

The role is more than a job; it is an opportunity to leave your mark on the landscape of East Herts. With a fresh era of political leadership and an imminent review of our District Plan, you will have a chance to shape our future right from the start.

We are currently seeking a committed policy planner to work on the creation of the framework that guides development decisions in the district.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and review of planning policies, including local plans, supplementary planning documents, and policy guidance notes, ensuring alignment with national and regional planning frameworks, as well as the strategic objectives of the local authority.
  • Conduct thorough research and analysis of demographic trends, housing needs, economic forecasts, environmental factors, and other relevant data to inform the formulation of evidence-based planning policies.
  • Engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, including local communities, elected officials, government agencies, developers, and other interested parties.
  • Work closely with internal departments and external partners to ensure the effective implementation of planning policies.
  • Represent the local authority in meetings, public hearings, inquiries, and other forums to advocate for the adoption of planning policies that reflect the interests and aspirations of the community.

Person Specification:

  • Graduate and/or post graduate degree in Planning, or other demonstrably relevant degree.
  • Full membership of or demonstrable eligibility for full membership of a recognised professional body related to the work of the team, such as the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Ability to demonstrate full knowledge of planning policy and strategy.
  • Experience of working on the preparation of Development Plan Documents, Supplementary Planning Documents, Neighbourhood Plan Documents, and other policy related guidance.
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of the legislative and policy framework at national and local level.
  • Hold a current full driving licence and agree to be insured for driving for work purposes. Officers will be expected to visit and inspect land and development sites and other locations.
  • Previous experience working within a local authority setting.


Next Steps:

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional individual with the drive and talent for delivering planning policy projects. If you would like to know more, please apply with a relevant CV and we will give you a confidential call.

Please note applications will only be formally considered / submitted post a phone call conversation with one of our retained consultants.


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