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About the job

Salary: £35,744 - £38,889 a year plus £4,000 Market Supplement
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent 

Luton has an inspiring agenda including delivering the Luton 2040 vision for no one living in poverty and addressing climate change.  We are also working closely with our neighbours to deliver Luton’s unmet housing need, identified in emerging in neighbouring local plans, including at sites to the east of Luton, North of Luton and beyond. This is a powerful agenda for the growth of the Luton conurbation.  Along with its airport, football club and town centre, the town has a growing vibrant mix of communities.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Planning Policy team where you’ll provide a professional advice on planning policy, including the Luton Local Plan, neighbouring Local Plans, Supplementary Planning Documents, design documents and supporting evidence base.

Working closely with teams across the council to develop what are often innovative approaches, to complex urban challenges, including the delivery of affordable housing, addressing concerns with hot food takeaways, houses in multiple occupation, regeneration of the town centre, achieving high quality design and planning obligations.

This role will involve working collaboratively with teams across the council to deliver corporate priorities. You’ll formulate and interpret planning policy and proactively engage and collaborate with communities, businesses and local organisations. You’ll work strategically with a range of external organisations, including responding to consultation documents from MHCLG, nieghbouring authorities and other organisations.

About you

To be successful in this role you must have demonstrable knowledge of the principles and practice of town and country planning and local authority planning responsibilities.  It is vital that you have a degree or diploma in town and country planning or an equivalent qualification or equivalent experience in the field.  We particularly welcome applications from members of the Royal Town Planning Institute or equivalent.

It goes without saying that you’ll have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as you’ll be required to take the lead on discussions with the public, as well as negotiating and persuading developers and other organisations.

You’ll be able to write and present clear reports and policy documents, clearly   explaining what are often complex planning issues.

You must have the ability to formulate and deliver policies and project implementation.

Applicants with expertise in GIS, monitoring, urban design, listed building and conservation, transport planning or airport planning are particularly welcome as we are looking to enhance these areas of the team.

Join us and help us “realise the remarkable” every day.

Interview date: Friday 4 February 2022

Please do not apply if you have submitted an application within the last 6 months.


We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 days
- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns
- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
- local government pension with generous employer contribution of 17.3%
- excellent support and development
- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line
- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars
- Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.