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Principal Transport Planner OCC10160

Job Details:


Salary Range: £37,849 - £48,526 per annum

Work Location: County Hall, Oxford

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 13 May 2019



About Us


By 2031, Oxfordshire will have benefitted from a multi-million pound investment. And you could be key to seeing this vision realised. Having initially started out as a commitment to spend £millions on transport, housing, connectivity and infrastructure, that pot has grown monumentally thanks to creative developments in association with the private sector and central government.


Now, with our partners, we are in the position to build 100,000 new homes, redefine transport and shape the future potential of this young and rapidly-growing county. With one third of the population aged 18-29, it’s time to be brave with our ambitions – and our Transport Development Control team will be central to this challenge. Providing advice and developing strategies for planning applications, this is your chance to develop your knowledge on an unparalleled scale.  

The Role


The post will be responsible for reviewing development proposals and responding to strategic planning applications within Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and Oxford.  The role will require management of a team and their workload. You will report to the Transport Development Control Lead for this area. The role offers an excellent opportunity to build new skills and knowledge, as well as fully utilising existing skills and experience.


Your main duties will be:


  • To assess planning proposals in highway terms and advise the Local Planning Authority on the transport implication of planning proposals
  • To ensure the necessary mitigation is secured to make development acceptable in planning terms are identified
  • To ensure that legal agreements required to secure mitigation/improvements are promptly instructed and to negotiate, where appropriate, off-site transport infrastructure works and/or contributions
  • To represent the County Council Highway Authority at planning committees, public meetings and Public Inquires including production of reports and proofs of evidence as necessary
  • To promote a strong customer service focus and provide and excellent level of customer care
  • To advise the Local Planning Authority on highway infrastructure matters in relation to Local Planning issues as necessary; including commenting on local and neighbourhood plan production/amendments


The role will be based at County Hall and the County Council has adopted agile and flexible working.



With a clear commercial and customer focus, you will be the perfect leader of our Transport Development Control team if you:


  • Have a significant degree of experience in a local government role and in transport planning
  • Have a good knowledge of transport issues, with the ability to mentor and guide team members in the fascinating challenges presented by the sector
  • Are professionally qualified (to degree-standard or the equivalent of level 6)
  • Enjoy working in partnership with people across all disciplines
  • Are committed to delivering excellence. You will therefore need exceptional organisational skills with the ability to make effective decisions.
  • The above requirements relate to a Grade 12 role. If you would like to apply for Grade 13, you will ideally have membership of a professional body, with an appropriate level of experience. To apply for Grade 14, you will need to have a management qualification or significant management experience, experience of working in high risk environments, experience of managing contracts and experience of engaging with the industry at a regional or national level


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Rewards and Benefits


In return, we can offer you:


  • A supportive and inclusive team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions supported by regular supervision
  • An agile working environment with a tailored induction plan
  • A wide variety of learning & development, coaching & mentoring and career development opportunities through our learning zone
  • A staff discount scheme for a range of retailers; holidays; insurance; eating out; health & leisure activities and rail travel
  • 24 – 32 days annual leave each year and an excellent pension scheme, with employer contributions of up to 20% of salary

Contact details for an informal discussion


Chanika Farmer Transport Development Control Lead – Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and Oxford  07557 082590

CVs are welcome - please attach to your application!



Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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