Futures in Cherwell: Planning

Rewarding work and exciting opportunities



Joining Cherwell District Council is more than just a job; it's an opportunity to be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation dedicated to supporting its staff and positively impacting the community.  Valuing innovation, collaboration, and professional development, you can work on meaningful cutting-edge projects. We are the ideal place for you to thrive.

Ian Boll, Corporate Director of Communities                                                                                                                  



Planning and Development is at the heart of the Council’s priorities and objectives.  Whether it’s high quality place making, meeting our development needs, or preparing policy for climate action and environmental improvement, there is an opportunity to work with teams from across the Council and with our partners and communities.                                                       

David Peckford, Assistant Director of Planning and Development

Visionary growth plans

Positioned at the forefront of our visionary growth plans, planning is the driving force behind new developments shaping the future of Cherwell.

Houses built at Graven Hill in BicesterCherwell boasts an impressive track record, especially in Bicester and our very own Garden Town. View Elmsbrook Development. Here, we proudly host the UK's largest self and custom-build site, a groundbreaking zero-carbon housing development, and an award-winning motor heritage centre. View Graven Hill.
But there's more - we are actively working on major strategic housing projects, expanding Oxford, and even establishing a new settlement on a Cold War site. View Heyford Park.


Our team also tackles nationally significant infrastructure projects while updating our Local Plan to guide our path to new development until 2040. Read the Local Plan Review.

Dive into the heart of innovation here at Cherwell.  

Planning is at the forefront of our ambition

Explore our superb opportunities and be part of a team that makes a difference every day.

Imagine playing a key role in shaping vibrant communities and crafting housing solutions that cater to residents' needs.

That's precisely what our Planning Team is all about.


Great location and benefits

Situated within the dynamic Oxford-Cambridge arc, Cherwell is a focal point of development and investment, boasting growing towns and easy access to major transport corridors, including the M40. Our strategic location on key rail lines, including the East/West rail, further enhances our appeal.

Beyond our bustling urban centres, Cherwell is surrounded by picturesque rural landscapes, making it an idyllic place to call home.

As a place to work, we offer a fantastic benefits package and a vibrant work environment.

We embrace hybrid working, provide state-of-the-art ICT systems, and are in the inspiring early stages of creating a modern new office space.



Our services

Our three service areas:

  • planning policy, conservation and design
  • development management
  • building control and flood risk

We also have parallel services focusing on delivering the Bicester Garden Town, a vision for Banbury, economic growth, and strategic transport.

Cherwell is packed with opportunities to get stuck into. 

Team Cherwell

Join us and become part of a dynamic team where collaboration and innovation thrive.

Current opportunities: shape our future and yours

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just beginning your career journey, we have enticing roles that will immerse you in crucial and enthralling work.

We are actively recruiting to meet the demands of our bustling department, striving to enhance further the services we offer. Joining us, you can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our vibrant district. Go on, be part of something impactful and propel your career forward with us!

Planning Policy: Team Leader 

Grade J: £52,380.50 to £55,756.50 per annum, 37 hours per week, permanent.

Following an internal promotion, we need a new Team Leader to push forward work on our Local Plan Review in our Planning, Policy Conservation and Design team.

decorativeWe have a 2015 Plan, a 2020 Partial Review and have recently consulted on an emerging draft Plan (Reg.18). 

You will have the opportunity to help shape the proposed Plan and lead the policy team into Examination working with the Planning Policy, Conservation and Design Manager.

Apply for Planning Policy Team Leader

Principal Planning Policy Officer x2

We are recruiting to bolster our Planning, Policy Conservation and Design team to meet demand and improve the services we provide. We have two opportunities for people who want to get stuck into a key phase of plan making and make a difference.

Posts available from entry level to Principal.

Grade I: £45,245.50 to £50,046.00 per annum -  37 hours per week, permanent

Apply for Principal Planning Policy Officer

We want those with the drive, ideas and team working ethic to work collegiately in developing our Local Plan and in addressing plan-making reforms.