Assistant Planner Policy

Medway Council
Gun Wharf, Gillingham, Kent
Range 3 - £20,322 - £26,188 per annum
Closing date
16 Oct 2020

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Full Time
Central Government
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We are looking for an Assistant Planner to join our Planning Policy team. The officer will provide technical and professional assistance covering a wide range of planning policy, project and research activities, including the new Medway local plan. The work includes a GIS mapping function for the team.

You will be required to progress the work of the Planning Policy team by providing technical and professional assistance covering a wide range of planning policy, project and research activities.


Assist in the preparation of various planning policy and development documents. This includes the coordination of the consultation process at various stages of the Local Plan, and other development policy documents including use of specialist consultation software, organising the printing and distribution on all statutory documents to the relevant public deposit points, mail merges and emails to all representors regarding the consultation and collating all responses including the entering onto a database.

Provide a GIS mapping function for the team, in data collation, analysis and presentation work. Enter and extract accurately data onto and from the GIS mapping system, for documents published into the public domain. Use statistics and document sources to provide planning information for the team. This includes drafting reports, documents and spreadsheets.

To maintain up-to-date information & provide analysis on various documents and databases for the team. Undertake survey work and site visits across the area. Undertake research work including statistics, planning history, local history searches.

Providing a customer service in dealing with enquiries orally or in writing from the general public and a wide range of agencies including development companies, ensuring high standards of customer care at all times. This will include resolving enquiries using own initiative or assessing the most appropriate course of action for the request, giving an explanation and ensuring that it is passed to the correct person. The postholder will also be responsible for web publishing updates to the planning policy pages held on the Council’s website. Act in accordance with the equal opportunities policy and undertake the duties as required by corporate and directorate action plans.

Be responsible for the continuation of projects and activities within the service, including setting up and maintenance of administrative systems to meet new service requirements, devising new letters, forms and managing databases as required, with minimal reference to manager. Maintaining the Team’s systems, records, library and filing systems, both paper and electronic, to ensure effective monitoring of service delivery.

Attend meetings including workshops, focus groups, Member events, staffed exhibition stands and staff team meetings and produce minutes/notes, maintaining accuracy and confidentiality at all times. Support lead officers of those meetings in completion of follow up tasks.

Arrange appointments, meetings and events as necessary.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Catherine Smith on 01634 331358.

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

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