Senior Planning Officer – Householder and Validation

Lewis Davey
Ashford, Kent
£34,296 - £38,178 + essential car allowance & generous relocation package
25 Jun 2018
25 Jul 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Ashford - The gateway to Europe!

Ashford has an enviable position as a main hub into Europe, with direct transport links to Paris, Brussels, and of course central London, there is more than meets the eye to this area.

Ashford is going through an exciting transformation with large urban extensions and other leisure and commercial developments currently happening. The town centre is going through major regeneration work with an £90M extension to the famous Ashford Designer Outlet, a new cinema complex, hotel, restaurants and hundreds of new apartments planned, plus a brand new Curious Brew HQ.  Ashford have already delivered a new college and Commercial Quarter, a mixed-use development of up to 590,000 square feet of prime-location office space.  It’s easy to see why Ashford is a popular choice and one of the fastest growing places in the South East.

A thriving and dynamic town in the heart of Kent’s most enchanting countryside, Ashford offers an easy pace of life with an exciting programme of development, making it a tempting place to live and work.


Well connected?

Absolutely, travelling by train you can get from Ashford to London in just 38 minutes.  Other towns in Kent are also within easy commutable reach, Tonbridge (29 mins), Hastings (38 mins), Canterbury (15mins) and Ebsfleet (South London) in just 19 minutes!

Excellent, and improving, road networks in Ashford provide ease of travel into the town centre and to the many local tourist attractions, the beautiful countryside and coastal areas.


The Opportunity

With a modern  office based a couple of minutes from the train station, we offer a flexible working environment for a Senior Planning Officer. You will be a key member of the planning team with a primary focus on all aspects of development management and the determination of all planning applications including but not limited to householder applications and validation.

You will be responsible to the Joint Development Control Manager and assist in providing a high quality, customer-focused planning service delivering timely and quality decisions by acting as or supervising other case officers in the processing of pre-application enquiries and more complex planning applications.



Who are we looking for?

Ideally, a Senior Planning Officer who has a degree in Planning recognised by the RTPI or degree not recognised by the RTPI together with 1st year of recognised post-graduate planning course, or equivalent.


You will need to demonstrate that you have experience of working flexibly as part of a multi-disciplinary team on a range of planning and development tasks focusing on more complex householder applications the validation of all types of applications and other development as required.


You will have an in-depth knowledge of planning legislation and policy and good experience of handling more complex planning applications in Development Management. You will have the ability to organise your own workload, work to tight deadlines and it is essential that you are a car user.


Key Benefits

  • A supportive employer with a strong focus on career development and training.
  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic environment with some truly exciting projects.
  • Generous relocation package and details are available on request (up to a maximum of £5,000).
  • Flexible working arrangements such as home working and compressed hours.
  • Annual leave entitlement is 34 days including bank holidays.
  • Cycle To Work Scheme.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme from day one.
  • My Ashford Rewards, make great savings on food shopping, entertainment, high street and online stores, days out and eating out.
  • Essential user car allowance or lease car subsidy equivalent to £3,040.


Key dates

Interviews will be held on the 20th and 21st August.


How to apply?

For an informal and confidential discussion on this role, please call us now on (0) 20 7859 4246. Our dedicated and manned hotline is open between 8AM - 8PM. Please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are looking forward to hearing from you. Email enquiries can also be sent to

Lewis Davey is a specialist Town Planning Consultancy and has been appointed to manage the application process for all candidates. With over 15 years of Planning Recruitment experience and our ability to obtain direct answers to your queries means that you can get the information you need to start your application immediately. We are here to help.

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