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Planning Officer - DM

Park Avenue Recruitment
£30 - £33 per hour + DOE
Closing date
19 May 2021

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I am currently working with an Essex based Local Planning Authority, who are looking to bring on a Development Management Planning Officer to aide the council during a busy time of year. The contract would initially run for 3-months, though this has scope to be extended due to the scale of work to be undertaken.

Your main responsibilities within this role are as follows:
  • Process and make recommendations on an individual caseload of planning and other applications; to ensure that decisions made and advice given accord with the Councils policies, Government advice and good planning practice.
  • To provide and offer advice and guidance to prospective applicants, consultants and members of the public prior to submission of applications and on general planning matters.
  • To prepare and provide written evidence and act as expert witness on the Council's behalf at public inquiries and hearings.
  • To advise/liaise with elected Members in relation to planning and enforcement matters in the area.
  • To attend and present applications to Development Committee and undertake Committee site visits.
  • To deal with all customers of the planning service in a positive and constructive manner
  • To attend meetings and site visits convened by other parties and organisations as necessary to advise on the planning matters, particularly through the giving of information and advice, some of which may be outside normal working hours.
  • To liaise and coordinate with other departments of the Council particularly Environmental Health and other sections within the Planning Service such as Conservation, Design and Landscape and Building Control (and outside authorities/agencies such as Highway Authority and Environment Agency).
  • To maintain an up to date knowledge of technical and administrative requirements arising from new legislation and of any development in the general field of planning practice.

It is essential you have a minimum of 3 years' worth of experience working with up to 10 dwellings per application, as well as working on commercial and industrial sites. You must have a degree or diploma in Town Planning, or a related discipline. RTPI membership is preferred but not essential for this role.

You must have access to your own car to carry out site visits for this role, which the council are looking to be performed weekly. There may be scope for fortnightly site visits to be negotiated.

The rate for this role will be commensurate with the successful contractors previous experience, with an exceptional rate available for an exceptional contractor!


Park Avenue Recruitment specialises specifically and solely in helping Town Planning professionals secure their next career move.

We are working with public and private sector clients nationwide, and are keen to share our extensive network and established relationships with you, to provide a tailored, consultative and honest service.

As well as this, we are comprised of experienced and established consultants, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are placing your reputation, and job search, in safe hands.

Park Avenue focuses on recruiting for positions from Graduate to Director level on an interim and permanent basis in the following planning-based disciplines:

Development Management

Planning Policy

Planning Enforcement

Building Control

Urban Design

Conservation & Historical Buildings


Economic Development

Interim Management


Whether you are considering a change, want to find a planning consultant to fit your needs, or simply want to have a chat, we are always happy to hear from you.

Ella Lamport  - East Anglia Specialist – 020 3795 4828

                        07584 314 447


Richard Harris - Building Control Specialist - 020 3795 4830

                        07710 498 286


Jack Reed - South East England Specialist - 020 3795 4828


Alex Ashman - Midlands and the North Specialist - 020 3795 4828


Sean Lindley - Central England Specialist - 020 3795 4828


Amy Holt - South West England Specialist - 020 3795 4828




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