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Senior/Principal Planning Officer – Planning Applications

Ashford Borough Council
Ashford, Kent
£35,865 pa to £46,701 pa
Closing date
21 May 2021
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Senior/Principal Planning Officer – Planning Applications 
£35,865 pa to £46,701 pa 
Plus subsidised lease car or cash alternative of £3,050 pa 
Closing date: 21.05.2021

Ashford Borough is a rural borough located in the Garden of England.  We are an ambitious and innovative authority seeking new ways of improving how we deliver services for residents.  Ashford is a great place to work because our staff are committed, friendly and passionate.

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.  

Due to the growth of the Development Management Team – Planning Applications, an opportunity has arisen for the position of a Senior/Principal Planning Officer.  You will take a leading role in the team and be responsible to the Team Leader assisting the team with the delivery of high quality, customer focused, development management services.  

This post will enable the successful candidate to gain a wide range of experience of different types and scales of planning applications.  There is no management responsibilities which ensures time and space to undertake some of the more complex and sensitive applications within the Team. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience of presenting applications at Planning Committee.

Who are we looking for?

You will have a Degree in Planning/Planning Diploma/Professional qualification recognised by Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or degree not recognised by the RTPI together with a recognised post-graduate qualification. In addition, you will have significant experience of a wide variety of planning applications including major and complex planning application and appeals.  The salary range allows for appointment dependent on appropriate qualifications and experience. 

This is a senior role in the team and you will be responsible to the Team Leader. You will provide a high quality, customer-focused planning service. The Senior/Principal Planning Officer duties will include the following:  

  • Processing and assessing a range of allocated planning applications, including major and/or more complex application, taking a development proposal from pre-application negotiation/discussions through planning application to implementation, within agreed timescales, including negotiating planning obligations.
  • Presenting  applications, when relevant, to Planning Committee
  • Planning appeals
  • Contributing to the review of processes and procedures for the delivery of the service and formulation and development of planning policy;
  • Proactively contribute to the development of an exemplary planning service which is delivery focused and customer facing in its approach.

The post will have involvement with local people, politicians and a range of external organisations and will include some out of hours working.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Lucy Holloway – Development Management Manager on 01233 330253.

To view a job description and to apply please visit the jobs page of our website, by clicking on the Apply button below.

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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