Strategy Planner (Planning Policy)

Salary: £35,453 to £41,178

The annual pay award for 2023/24 is currently being negotiated and this will be applied and backdated to the start date of the successful candidate once agreed.
Part time considered
Based in Kendal, Cumbria with hybrid working from home

About Us

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in one of the most stunning areas in the UK? Do you have a passion for conservation and sustainable development?

We’re looking for a keen and confident Strategy Planner to take on a rewarding planning policy role in one of England’s most spectacular landscapes and largest World Heritage Sites – The Lake District.

The Role

You will have the opportunity to lead the preparation of the next Local Plan from vision to implementation. With an up-to-date Local Plan, adopted in 2021, the review will commence towards the end of 2024 giving you time to start thinking about the big questions the Plan might address. As a National Park we don’t have a housing delivery requirement, but we choose to set a local housing need target to support the delivery of sustainable development. Our team won national planning awards in 2019 for stakeholder engagement on our Local Plan, and we are currently part of DLUHC’s Design Code Pathfinder Programme.

You will also support the delivery of the Partnership’s Management Plan 2020-2025. Through building a network through the 22 members of the Lake District Partnership, you will support the preparation of the next joint National Park and World Heritage Site Management Plan.

You’ll have the day-to-day support of great peers in your team and the wider service, and a strong group of members and councillors who value your work, giving you confidence and stability for strategic planning.

Please read the attached Role Profile for the full person specification on this post.

About You

We’re looking for someone who’s a forward thinker, comfortable with people, a great communicator, highly organised in their work, and someone who can inspires others. If that’s you, we would love to hear from you.

Working with us you’ll enjoy

  • Generous Pension Scheme with an 18% employer contribution
  • Electric car and Cycle to Work schemes
  • Paid time off so you can volunteer
  • Subsidised healthcare scheme


For an informal discussion please contact Rob Allison, (Team Leader – Strategy, Partnerships and Policy) on 01539 792672 or email

We reserve the right to close this advert early should we receive sufficient applications - so please apply early to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is: Monday 26 June 2023 11:59pm
  • Interviews will be held at Lake District National Park Authority on a date TBC

Information Pack:

How to apply

Apply for this position on our online recruitment site

Diversity and Inclusion

As an equal opportunities employer, the Lake District National Park Authority is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. These groups are under-represented at the LDNPA, particularly at senior level.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join the Lake District National Park Authority.

Disability Confident Employer

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as well as meeting any of the qualification, skills or experience defined as essential.