Principal Planning Officer - Bedfordshire - Development Management - 6 Months

Principal Planning Officer – Bedfordshire – 6 month contract – £30-£40/hour

Job description

The purpose of the role is to carry out the professional duties of a Principal Planning Officer, to be responsible for a full range of development control matters, to lead a caseload of major applications and related appeals, and to input to the wider professional work of the planning service.


  • To lead a caseload of major applications (housing schemes of 50+ units), within set timescales, including carrying out necessary site visits and negotiation of changes and legal agreements to schemes on behalf of the client and external agencies.
  • To gather evidence to prepare appeal statements, case files and other legal documents as may be necessary and to attend and give evidence at public enquiries and other formal legal hearings.
  • To contribute to the development of strategies, procedures and policies in areas assigned to the post. This will include acting as the lead officer for designated areas of Development Management.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of service priorities, aims and objectives assigned to the post by appropriate means.


  • A planning degree recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Knowledge dealing with Major Planning applications and section 106 agreements and sound working knowledge of Development Management, including local, regional and national policies and priorities.


  • Some experience of working in a political context
  • Experience working in a development management department
  • Proven experience with Major Planning applications
  • Proven experience of presenting cases to formal legal inquiries.

To apply for this position email your CV to or call 01614137290 for a confidential chat.

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