Swyddog Cynllunio (Polisi) / Planning Officer (Policy)
1. PURPOSE OF THE POST 1.1 An enthusiastic and motivated Planning Officer (Policy) is required principally to help develop and deliver strategic and local policy for the National Park, focusing primarily on the Local Development Plan (LDP). 1.2 The post holder will play a key support role in drafting policy issues and evidence papers. They will also maintain and develop the information and statistical evidence base to support LDP preparation and monitoring, as well as participating in sustainability appraisal of plan policies and preparatory work for the Examination in Public. 1.3 The post will also require contribution to other Planning Policy work including Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs), and responding to planning consultations, in addition to contributing to any corporate or National Park policy, strategies or evidence gathering. 2. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES Assist with the preparation of the Local Development Plan (LDP) and associated Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG’s). Specific LDP responsibilities include: 2.1 Contributing to the development of strategic and local planning policies for the National Park by interpreting emerging guidance and evidence, drafting background papers and options papers and drafting policies; 2.2 Ensuring an effective community engagement programme, through contributing to the preparation and implementation of the LDP’s Community Involvement Scheme or any other relevant public consultation schemes; Maintaining and developing the information and statistical evidence base to support the LDP and any other relevant planning policies; 2.3 Contributing to the preparation of the sustainability appraisal / strategic environmental assessment of plan policies. 2.4 Help contribute to the goal of delivering the LDP on time and within budget as set out in the Delivery Agreement. 2.5 Prepare reports for the Authority on relevant policy issues and consultation papers. 2.6 Represent the Authority at various meetings, including Planning and Access Committee. 2.7 Organise and ensure the smooth running of any study or assessment that contributes to the LDP e.g. Housing Land Availability Assessment, Renewable Energy Capacity Study, Landscape Capacity Study, Employment Land Availability etc. 2.8 Help contribute to wider corporate policies, strategies and evidence gathering if asked by officer’s responsible e.g. National Park Management Plan, State of the Park Report 2.9 Undertake survey and research work to support policy development, including monitoring the effectiveness of the Authority’s development plan policies. 2.10 Maintain data and information required to inform plan preparation and subsequent monitoring, and assist with the production of public guidance notes and fact sheets relating to the work of the section. 2.11 To provide planning policy advice on current and upcoming planning applications. 2.12 Generally, members of the planning policy team will develop specialisms – be it on housing, employment, landscape, renewable energy, cultural heritage issues etc. – the post holder will be expected to develop a specialism in a given planning field that will contribute to the overall aim of LDP preparation. 2.13 Provide the public with advice on matters relating to the work of the policy team. 2.14 Occasionally the post will be required to assist the Development Management team (DM team)with the determination of planning applications if directed (this will generally only be at times when capacity allows and the DM team are under resource pressure). 2.15 To have due regard for the health and safety of self and others. 2.16 To ensure that the principles of excellent customer care are applied to all elements of service delivery within the role. 2.17 Undertake any other duties as directed by the Principal Planning Officer (Policy), Head of Planning Policy or Director of Planning & Land Management. 3. CONTEXT The post is situated within the Planning Policy section of the Planning and Land Management Directorate of the National Park Authority. Working as a member of the Planning Policy team, the post holder’s primary role will be to assist in the preparation of the Authority’s Local Development Plan. The post holder will support the Principal Planning Officer (Policy) and the Head of Planning Policy in ensuring the effective delivery of strategic and local planning policy. The post requires understanding of rural policy issues and the wider policy context of National Parks, project management, policy monitoring, partnership working and community engagement techniques, and of the need to ensure that policy formulation is undertaken in a way that is socially inclusive and responsive to customer needs. 4. WORKING LINKS The post holder will be expected to work under the direction of the Principal Planning Officer (Policy) and in close liaison with other members of the policy team. The post holder will be expected to liaise with other sections in Planning Services, with other departments within the Authority and externally with other organisations, community groups and the public. 5. PERSONAL DETAILS – GRADE 9 (PROFESSIONAL PLANNING OFFICER) EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES PROFILE Essential Desirable Qualifications and experience Full Membership of the RTPI. At least 5 years relevant experience, Understanding of the unique planning issues affecting National Parks. Have an accredited planning degree Experience of drafting policies for strategic and / or local planning documents. Experience of community involvement in planning policy issues. Experience of working in a protected landscape area. Experience of undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessment, or a qualification embracing the issues. Skills and Abilities Advanced computer skills, including competence with MS Office software (Word, Access, Project and Excel) and GIS applications. Well developed communications skills. Able to write reports and other documents in a concise and clear way. Able to communicate with a range of audiences through the medium of Welsh and English. Able to work unsupervised by showing initiative. Advanced organisational skills. Able to undertake original research and data analysis. Valid driving licence and use of a car. Specialism in a specific rural planning policy area. Applied understanding of the principles of sustainable development. Understanding of Design principles Personal Attributes Pro-active and self motivated. Committed and enthusiastic. Able to work creatively as part of a team. Willing to contribute to a happy and productive team working environment.