We operate a bilingual policy. All applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Planning Policy Assistant

Closing date: 06/07/2022

Reference: REQ103990

37 hours / Permanent

25,419 - 27,514 *


*All salary values are pro-rata.

About the role

We are looking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our Planning Policy Team as a Planning Policy Assistant, on a permanent, full-time basis, based at our Aberaeron office. Due to Covid-19, we continue to follow Welsh Government guidelines and as a result, this post would initially be home working.

Ideally, we’re looking for a qualified planner with at least 2 years’ experience in planning, who is looking to further their career in the planning policy field, however, consideration will be given to applicants working within the built environment sector with relevant experience/qualifications.

The post offers a range of diverse professional challenges but also the ability to influence the future shape of communities across the county. Being an integral part of our ambition of developing and improving the quality of life and opportunities for residents, the corporate importance of the service is recognised. We will expect you to be creative, innovative and able to find solutions.

On a day to day basis you will:

  • Assist in the provision of a professional planning service, through the preparation and implementation of land use policies and guidance in the county
  • Assist in the preparation of the Ceredigion Local Development Plan and associated Supplementary Planning Guidance

We are looking to recruit an individual:

  • With a degree or equivalent in Town and Country Planning or related discipline or extensive relevant experience
  • With an excellent understanding of land use policy development processes
  • With an ability to communicate impartially and effectively with a wide range of people at various levels
  • With an ability to work with limited supervision and to work to tight deadlines
  • With a strong commitment to providing a high quality service to the public and strong commitment to customer satisfaction

The post requires a degree of fluency in the Welsh language. Please note that a successful applicant without the required Welsh language skill will be fully supported to reach the required standard within two years of appointment.

In exchange for your skills and commitment, we will offer you a range of employee benefits including flexible hours scheme, competitive annual leave allowance and a generous pension contribution scheme. More information about our wide-range of employee benefits can be found here. In addition, we are committed to developing our people and will not only provide support to enable you to quickly and confidently take ownership of this role’s key areas of responsibility but in addition, we are committed to supporting your development in order that you can progress your career with us. 

Job Description and Person Specification

Should you wish require any further information about this role, please contact Sarah Groves-Phillips (Planning Policy Manager) at sarah.groves-phillips@ceredigion.gov.uk

Note: We reserve the right to amend the application closing date. 

What we offer

Work-life balance

Lifestyle savings scheme

Generous employer pension scheme

Cycle to work scheme

Learning and development

Where you'll work

Economy and Regeneration

We play a fundamental role in the delivery of the Council’s key Corporate Strategy objective that seeks to boost the economy of the County and the Mid Wales region. We are organised into three main sections: Economy, Planning and Property Services.  Our primary functions include:  

  • Growth and Enterprise: Supporting economic growth and regeneration locally and across the region; Growing Mid Wales; the Corporate Estate and Development Opportunities; Project Support; European and local funding; Food Centre Wales and supporting Agri-Food development; Tourism promotion and development; Tourist Information Centres; Coast and Countryside
  • Planning Services: Supporting growth through Planning and Building Control Services; Strategic and Local Land Use Planning Policy; Development Management; Building Control; and Land Searches.
  • Property Services: Supporting the Council’s programme through Project Management; Property and Building Maintenance; Facilities Management; Carbon Management; and the Efficient Use of Council Property.
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