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Senior/Principal Planning Officer (Career Grade)

Sevenoaks District Council
Sevenoaks, Kent
£34,408 - £42,507 plus an Essential Car User Allowance of up to £1,239 and a MRP (subject to review)
Closing date
24 Jun 2021

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Full Time
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Job Details

Are you an ambitious planner looking for the next step in your career?

This is a varied and rewarding role where you will work across all sections of the Planning department to contribute to the delivery of the service. You will engage with developers and other key stakeholders, enabling quality developments whilst maintaining the character of the District.

The Role

This role is a key element in shaping the development of the Planning team at the busiest planning authority in Kent.

Members of the team will look to you for inspiration and guidance in the processing of planning applications & appeals, therefore strong mentoring skills are ideal.

You will be confident in your presentation skills, with experience of presenting cases at appeal and liaising with Members.

Our Principal Planners are the Lead Officers for Development Control Committee and have a supervisory role. You will assist the Development Managers to improve the quality of the service, procedures and the performance of the department.

As a committed team player you need good written and verbal communication skills. Dealing with the public is an important part of the role and you must be dedicated to providing high quality customer service.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Post graduate qualification in Town Planning
  • Full membership (or working towards) of the RTPI
  • Full Driving License with a vehicle available for work purposes

Why Sevenoaks?

Sevenoaks is situated in West Kent, has excellent links into London and boasts historic towns and beautiful countryside with good schools and leisure facilities. It faces substantial development pressures and a key challenge for planning and conservation is to provide for new development while continuing to protect the historic and natural environment. 

We are an award winning Council having achieved the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 for being financially self-sufficient, are one of the few organisations in the country to retain its Platinum Investors in People status. We were voted LGC Council of the Year 2017 and won a Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation award in 2018.

Interested in the role and want to know more?

Please contact Alison Salter on 01732 227337 or Aaron Hill on 01732 227494 to have a chat about the role and to find out more about who we are and the work we’ve been doing over the last year.

Need advice on how to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?

Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.

How to get to us: 

Sevenoaks is only half an hour from central London by train. You will be based at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent.  TN13 1HG, however due to the current pandemic and current Government advice at the time of advert the role will require a combination of both remote and office based working. A free staff car park is available on site.

Closing date: Thursday 24th June 2021

Interview date: Friday 9th July 2021 (Video Call by Zoom – to be confirmed)

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