Principal Planning Officer

Grade (TE6) £43,548 - £46,656
20 Oct 2017
20 Nov 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Principal Planning Officer

Development Management 

(TE6)  £43,548 - £46,656

Our client, a Local Authority in central Buckinghamshire are looking for a Principal Planning Officer on a permanent basis. The area is currently going through some exciting growth and the working environment and offices of the Council are second to none.

The opportunity

To work for a flexible working environment within a multi-disciplinary development team and act as one of the Council’s principal technical experts on statutory planning and development matters, providing an efficient high quality planning service to applicants.

They will assist the Development Team Leaders and other managers to understand the impacts of Government legislation in these areas and inform local decision making. They will contribute to the review, development and implementation of strategy and policy and the delivery of the Council’s statutory duties with regard to planning and development. They will be responsible for the oversight of complex delegated planning decisions.

In addition they will implement overall performance standards for these service areas and provide proper monitoring of objectives and standards using benchmarks as necessary to improve service delivery. The post holder will assist with identifying training needs for staff delivering these services, and will ensure that staff are sufficiently trained and competent to deliver effective and dependable investigations and outcomes.

The postholder will be expected to provide expert advice, guidance and information to internal and external stakeholders on planning schemes and proposals and research, evaluate and prepare delegated and committee reports as well as attending complex appeals, inquiries and hearings. They will support officers in the development team with more complex decision making and the development of skills associated with their role.

Who are we looking for?

Ideally, you will have a Level 6 (or above) qualification in Town Planning and eligible for (or ability to achieve) corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. With great knowledge and experience of handling complex planning applications, public inquiries, appeals and enforcement matters.

You will need to demonstrate your experience of negotiation with the development industry to achieve improvements to schemes and maximise community benefits and have a thorough knowledge and experience of legislation and best practice in relation to planning and development and experience of translating this into working practices

How to apply?

If you would be interested in having a more in-depth conversation about this unique opportunity, please contact Rob for a confidential discussion on 0207 869 4246 / 07855 276123 (Calls can be arranged outside of standard office hours to accommodate your schedules.) or alternatively please email

ur application immediately. We are here to help.

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