Senior Planner Development Management

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 the development management area, either in terms of processing and assessing planning applications or in preparing and submitting planning applications.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate how they have added value to the process and how their skills, knowledge and involvement has developed over their career.

To effectively and efficiently process all types of planning applications from pre application to determination and if necessary appeal, including site visit, negotiation, and the preparation of the necessary delegated and committee reports. 

This could include being the lead officer on certain schemes and co-ordinating a Development team or being part of a Corporate multi function team; attending and presenting at Planning Committee, members site visits and member presentations; providing advice and negotiating with applicants, agents and developers; assessing and clearing details submitted in relation to planning conditions; and to present the Council's case on all types of appeal.

To assist in the development and implementation of systems and procedures to ensure the achievement of the required performance targets both as part of a team and individually, as well as a consistency of decision making.

To participate in enforcement work in dealing with the investigation of breaches of planning control and to progress the appropriate action as required, defending that action where necessary through the appeals process or in court.

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 either Carly Stoddart on or Kemi Erifevieme on  

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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