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Principal Planning Officer

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Bainbridge, Leyburn
£35,744 - £39,881
Closing date
4 Oct 2021

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Full Time
Local Authority, Other Public sector
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Principal Planning Officer

Yoredale, Bainbridge, Leyburn

£35,744 - £39,881

The Yorkshire Dales National Park boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Britain and will provide an enviable setting for your career. As the planning authority for the area, it’s our job to help local people and businesses to keep the National Park a thriving and beautiful area.

Due to a member of our team moving on, we have a rare opportunity to join our Development Management team at an exciting time for the National Park.

About Us

We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the immense beauty, wildlife and character of the Yorkshire Dales. Set against expansive heather moorland tops, each valley has its own distinct charm, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves.

This is a rare opportunity to apply for the much sought after role as a Principal Planning Officer, in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

The Benefits

- Salary of £35,744 to £39,881 per annum

- Local Government pension scheme

- Flexible working opportunities

- Employee discounts on various goods and services

- Cycle to work scheme

- Free parking

- Generous leave entitlement, starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

The Role

The role is full-time, permanent and based at our Bainbridge office near Leyburn.


You will be leading a team of planners responsible for delivering an efficient and effective development management service for the northern half of the National Park. The area includes the visually stunning Swaledale, Wensleydale and Westmorland Dales, including iconic places like Hawes and Sedbergh.


Responsible for conserving the special qualities of these special places whilst delivering the housing and economic development necessary to sustain thriving communities. You will be working with a dedicated and friendly team of planners being responsible for their performance and personal development as well as actively contributing to the management of the section.

About You

This will be a busy role and we are particularly looking for someone who has proven experience in the development management environment and is a member of the RTPI.


You will have experience of leading, managing and motivating a team of planners with excellent communication skills and an ability to prioritise your workload effectively and manage competing demands

Our recruitment process treats all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. That said, we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as this group are currently under-represented throughout the Authority.

For an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact Richard Graham, Head of Development Management.

The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Monday 4th October 2021.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as a Principal Planning Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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