Policy Officer - Urban Design

Guildford Borough Council
Guildford Town Centre
Salary: £35,593– £48,519 (Grades 5 - 6)

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Guildford Borough Council’s Design and Conservation Team in the role of Policy Officer (Urban Design) to provide proactive specialist urban design advice and to play a key role in shaping future built development within the Borough.

GBC have adopted two Local Plans over the last 5 years and are just about to embark on a Local Plan update in line with the government’s new plan making process. The existing Local Plan includes a number of very large residential led sites that are still to secure planning permission.  Work is also starting on a capacity study in and around the Town Centre that will inform site allocations including guidance on the height and density of development and design coding.     

To enable the delivery of these ambitions, a highly experienced and qualified Urban Designer is being sought to lead and champion high quality contextual urban design and help shape sustainable development and growth in the Borough.

Working within the Council’s Strategic Service, the role will involve a stimulating balance of casework and strategic policy guidance, and will include:

  • Leading in placemaking and urban design across the borough, including newly planned neighbourhoods, housing projects, regeneration areas and town centre projects
  • Providing proactive design advice on major PPAs and planning applications, as well as working with developers and their representatives on all matters relating to urban design and the built form
  • Providing advice on proposals with significant impacts on the public realm and on environmental improvement schemes
  • Evaluating existing guidance and producing up to date guidance and policies
  • Contributing to ongoing policy work

Applicants should have a recognised degree/post graduate qualification in urban design, planning or architecture as well as proven professional experience within the urban design field role. Excellent verbal, written and illustrative communication, effective time management and a sound knowledge and proactive use of national design policy, guidance and legislation are all essential. You will also have an ability to build a rapport and working relationship with stakeholders, elected members, consultees, colleagues and local communities.

Membership of a recognised professional body (RIBA, RTPI, RICS) would also be desirable as would experience of working within a local planning authority or similar agency.

The offices are located by the river Wey, close to Guildford Town Centre and a short walk from the station. The post also benefits from on site parking as an essential car user.  As a Council we offer many employee benefits including a career average earnings pension scheme, childcare vouchers, generous annual leave and a good work life balance including hybrid working.

Interviews are expected to be held in-person or virtually on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June 2024.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Louise Blaxall, Policy Officer (Design & Conservation) at louise.blaxall@guildford.gov.uk



Closing Date
Monday 3 June 2024