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Principal Transport Development Planning Officer

  • Reference:orbis/TP/36516/6173
  • Positions:1
  • Salary:£44,838 - £50,711 per annum
  • Category:Planning
  • Contract type:Fixed term
  • Working hours:36
  • Posted on:30 December 2019
  • Closing date:26 January 2020
  • Directorate:Environment, Transport & Infrastructure
  • Location:Kingston Upon Thames

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Transport Development Planning Team at Surrey County Council. As Principal Transport Development Planning Officer you will be a leading member of the team responsible for supporting and mentoring colleagues and contributing to the sustainable development of the County through the provision of timely and appropriate transport impact and infrastructure advice to local planning authorities and associated stake holders in a diverse and varied region.

You will be joining the County at a particularly exciting time, leading on a number of high profile development projects from the planning application stages through to delivery, whilst supporting and mentoring a small, but committed team.

Your primary responsibilities will include assessing and providing advice on major pre-planning and planning application consultations for new development proposals. The role will also include work on the drafting and coordination of Section 38 and Section 278 agreements relating to major development proposals to deliver planning related highways schemes. You will assess the impact of development on the highway and transport network throughout Surrey ensuring that development is compatible with the network, as well as securing and negotiating any mitigation measures that might be necessary.

You will have specific regard to promoting sustainable development, maintaining and improving road safety, minimising traffic generation and maximising modal split within the framework of transportation and land use planning policy and guidance.

Personal development and progression play a big part in the ethos of the Transport Development Planning Team and Surrey County Council as a whole. You will be part of a large, enthusiastic team who will support your continued development, whilst you will also be expected to manage and provide support to junior staff members.

This role would suit an enthusiastic and motivated individual with significant experience of working in a transport planning role and a good knowledge of the UK Town Planning system. Good knowledge of transport planning and road adoption processes under the Highways Act 1980 is also required.

You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills and be enthusiastic about the planning and delivery of high-quality development. You will have good problem-solving skills to contribute innovative solutions to a wide range of challenging issues. You will be able to engage with a number of stakeholders, including Borough Council colleagues and elected Members and negotiate with developers to deliver improvements to development schemes. You will require a full UK driving license and be willing to travel regularly within the county for site visits and meetings.

Job details

To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your application will clearly evidence:

  • Degree in a relevant subject (geography, town planning, civil engineering, transportation planning or equivalent) Or 15 years transportation development control experience
  • In-depth knowledge of all aspects of transportation development planning work
  • Good communication (written and verbal), presentation and computer skills
  • Track record of mentoring and guiding junior staff
  • A sound understanding of relevant highway and planning technical matters
  • Able to communicate effectively and maintain good relationships
  • Able to assist in team management
  • Being a flexible and adaptable team player with an ability to work under pressure with drive, commitment and enthusiasm
  • Full UK driving license
  • Good negotiation skills
  • An ability to prioritise workloads with project management experience
  • Political awareness and sensitivity, willingness to embrace new ways of working and to work across boundaries.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.

Additional information

Contact details

For an informal discussion contact Mike Green at 020 8541 9316or by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application. 

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26th January.

Interviews are likely take place on week commencing 3rd February.

This is a 5 year fixed term contract.

This position is currently based at County Hall, ahead of the County Council's planned relocation back into the County in Autumn 2020, where the role will be based in either Woking or Leatherhead.

We encourage flexible working and job sharing (where possible) and are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied for your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.


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  • Updated: 06 Jul 2020