Senior Planner Policy

Medway Council
Gun Wharf,Gillingham, Kent
Range 6 (£37,646 - £43,287) per annum
Closing date
16 Oct 2020

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Full Time
Central Government
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Medway Council has recently been successful with a £170m bid from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, which will be used to provide the required infrastructure (new roads, railway station and country parks) on the Hoo peninsula. That will then facilitate the expansion of some villages to provide new sustainable communities including new community facilities, healthy living centre, sports centre, playing fields, new schools, retail, new businesses and new homes all to serve the growing need in the area.  This is a really exciting time in Medway as we work towards producing our new Local Plan and bringing forward our transformation agenda including revitalising our amazing river frontage and town centres, building on our wonderful historical assets and benefiting from the universities that have located here.

We are therefore looking to recruit additional staff to help produce our Local Plan and /or be involved in the delivery of the new sustainable communities and transforming our river frontage to create a waterfront university city with vibrant town centres fit for the 21 Century.

we are looking for someone with experience in work in planning policy, either for a local authority or in a planning consultancy

To develop and review planning policy and provide technical planning advice to shape development in Medway.

You will be required to carry out research and analysis to inform policy development and to establish and manage planning projects working with corporate colleagues and external partners, and to commission and monitor contracts through the use of external consultants.

To ensure effective engagement with members, local communities, and wider stakeholders in the plan making process and to promote a clear understanding of development policy requirements and aims in Medway.

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 e-mail Catherine Smith on

Interviews are due to take place on Wednesday 28 October

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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