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Senior Landscape Officer

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Job Title: Senior Landscape Officer
Salary: Grade 5 £30,737- £35,747 per annum (2022/2023 pay deal currently being finalised) + Golden Hello bonus payment of £3,000 (external candidates only)
Location: Cambourne/Cambridge and flexibly from home/office on agreement
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 30 August 2022


As an organisation we believe that our people are our greatest assets.  We know how important it is to find a job where you feel valued but also have the flexibility to allow you to balance your work/family commitments in an organisation that offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme,
  • 25 days holiday entitlement (increasing to 27 after five years continuous service),
  • Free on-site Parking,
  • Shopping Discounts,
  • Employee Assistance Programme-providing advice and counselling,
  • Career progression  
  • Development opportunities as well as ongoing training.

We currently have an exciting opportunity within the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, to work in the dynamic and busy Built and Natural Environment Team as a Senior Landscape Officer. 

This is an exciting time to work in a high-profile, UK growth location with a proud reputation for the quality of new development that is delivered.   Within the Greater Cambridge Planning Service, there is an opportunity for a self-motivated, energetic landscape practitioner to gain broad and valuable experience in the public sector. 

Planning for green infrastructure combined with good place-making is of the highest priority for us. The role will mainly focus on the delivery of strategic and development management sites throughout the Authority’s city, towns and villages.  Phased development of strategic sites such as Northstowe, Waterbeach and Cambourne as well as major mixed use, life science and residential developments.  In addition, you will have an enthusiastic, supportive team around you to help you grow and develop your career. 

What sets us apart from other organisations is our range of projects, including meeting the planning needs of Europe’s most important biotechnology cluster, regeneration schemes providing new low carbon districts and developing the first joint Local Plan in an area that has the fastest-growing city economy in the country. 

Greater Cambridge offers a unique opportunity to work within the beautiful historic City of Cambridge, home to world renowned universities, hospitals and cutting-edge science, as well as delivering high quality modern developments within the rural areas of South Cambridgeshire. Our combined growth agenda includes a range of new settlements within South Cambridgeshire and urban extensions to Cambridge. 

Our teams have excellent relationships with local practices and work with world class architects and specialists on schemes that provide huge personal and professional reward.  If you would like to work on award winning schemes in an exciting and fast paced environment, come and join us! 

We are looking for individuals with enthusiasm and a keenness to learn. Excellent customer service skills are a must as well as being a team player.   If you have the ambition to embrace the exciting challenges of this busy Shared Planning Service, there is no better place to develop your career.

The work of the Landscape Team is very busy, fast-moving and rewarding. Your knowledge and experience base will need to cover landscape design from a strategic level of landscape planning through to a sound understanding of landscape design, detailing and plant choice.  It will also need to include experience in landscape and visual impact assessment and a good awareness of sustainable drainage, ecological and biodiversity systems.

Typically (and briefly), the day-to-day work includes:

  • the analysis of planning applications as they relate to all things landscape, the environment and related disciplines of varying complexities from small scale development to major developments,
  • attending pre-application meetings with developers and their design and planning teams together with our own multi-disciplinary team,
  • provision of a constructive landscape critique to guide developers towards the highest quality development and place making, and always with a green agenda and policy compliance in mind,
  • Be able to review and interpret LVIAs, Design Codes and other supporting documents and use them in your decision making,
  • Assist Principal colleagues with work originating in Planning Policy, where you will influence strategic planning for the Greater Cambridge area and take part in plan making, policy writing and preparing or assessing evidence base documents for the emerging joint local plan.
  • Attending planning committee meetings where necessary to provide landscape support to Case Officers and Members.
  • Visit completed proposals submitted as part of S106 agreements to assess for completeness for the S106 Officer sign off,

You will work alongside our close and collaborative Built and Natural Environment Team of Urban Designers, Ecologists, Arboriculturalists, Conservation Officers and Sustainability Officers; each well qualified and experienced in their own field. A working knowledge of sustainable drainage design and the basic concepts of ecology, green infrastructure and biodiversity will be very useful.

If you are offered a Senior role, you may have line management responsibilities and be expected to support the development of less experienced staff.

You will have regular contact with our customers, including residents, applicants, developers, landowners, County Council, other District Councils and parish councils and businesses.

For more information about working with us check out our website: Greater Cambridge shared planning


Closing date: 09:00am on Tuesday 30 August 2022       

Interview dates: Week commencing 5 September 2022


For more information please contact either John Cornell (Team Leader on 07927681932) or Jane Green (Built and Natural Environment Manager on 07519 294551).