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Planning Officer Strategic Applications

Ashford Borough Council
Ashford, Kent
Salary from £25,023 to £36,789 pa plus subsidised lease car or cash alternative of £2,080 pa
Closing date
22 Nov 2020

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Full Time
Officer, Graduate, Planner
Local Authority
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Ashford lies in the heart of the Garden of England and yet is embracing growth with its ambitious plans for the future. This means it has more than its fair share of large-scale proposals to deal with.

Ashford’s Planning and Development Service has a long and proud record of driving high quality place making. This is strongly supported by elected members and acknowledged as an essential component in the delivery of successful development and growth. 

Our Strategic Applications team deal with a range of high profile schemes from large greenfield residential and mixed use proposals to town centre regeneration schemes which draw on the full range of planning and design skills. The team also plays the leading role in the planning and delivery of the South of Ashford Garden Community – an urban extension of over 7,000 new dwellings alongside a new strategic park, new schools and health facilities.

We are now looking to fill a range of posts in the team to cover the increasing scope of major projects that are being attracted to the borough.

We are delighted to also be able to offer this opportunity for a newly (or soon to be) qualified planning officer to work in the Strategic Applications team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on some of the biggest schemes in the borough and will play an important role in processing a range of applications that will go towards delivering the place-making aspirations of the Council on many of the largest development sites.

You will be asked to grow and develop your skills and address new challenges positively and constructively, working alongside the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leaders which will provide you with the right tools and confidence to progress your planning career.

This is a career-graded post which will enable the successful candidate to gain an excellent grasp of the challenges on dealing with major developments.

As part of our competitive remuneration package, we offer a pension scheme, generous annual leave, relocation package, flexible working, flexitime and opportunities for training and development.

For an informal discussion please contact Simon Cole, Spatial Planning Manager & Acting Strategic Development & Delivery Manager, on 01233 330642 or

To apply: please visit the jobs page of our website and complete an application form.

Closing date: 22.11.2020

Ashford Borough Council recognises the need to ensure the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults when they come into contact with the services we provide.

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