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Principal Planning Officer

Hastings Borough Council
Hastings, East Sussex
£37,069 to £42,460 and Staff Allowance £3,908
Closing date
24 Oct 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
Development Control, Planning
Local Authority
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Principal Planning Officer

Grade: 4 scp 28 to 33

Salary £37,069 to £42,460 and £3908 Staff Allowance.

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full Time 37 Hours

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Development Team. As a Principal Planning Officer you will be assessing planning applications, advising on pre- applications and defending us at appeal. With excellent communication skills you’ll assume responsibility for effective negotiation and resolution, supporting growth and regeneration that reflects the Council’s wider positive objectives and policies of promoting high quality and innovative development while protecting the environment and conserving the historic character of the Borough.

Full details of the role can be found in the job description. We are keen to support your training and personal development and which includes flexible working and home working.

Who are we?

With world class coast, countryside, a thriving artist quarter in the Old Town, brimming over with creativity and history, outstanding architecture and a variety of boutiques Hastings is a popular place to live and visit. Low house prices, good schools, beautiful parks, an attractive environment, an outstanding community spirit and a new link road makes a move to Hastings a very positive investment into your future.

In June 2021, Hastings Borough Council was awarded £23m from the Government’s Towns Fund. This will kickstart the re-set button for Hastings and its regeneration ambitions. Hastings £23m investment includes a new green and Low Carbon Centre of Excellence that will provide new commercial space while also helping the Town seize the opportunities of the emerging green economy. It will also boost the Town’s tourism offer through improvements to the Castle and other public spaces.

Who are you?

Either you will hold a relevant degree and licentiate membership of the RTPI. You will have 5 or more years of experience working as a planning officer dealing with both major and non-major planning applications. You will have experience in attending and presenting at public meetings and/or informal hearings. You will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding  of Development Management processes. You’ll have the ability to read and assess plans, write accurate and concise reports, as well as meet tight deadlines. You will be able to project manage your work to meet Council and Government targets and you’ll have good knowledge of planning legislation and policy at local, regional, and national levels.  

You’ll have excellent communication and customer-care skills, the ability to work flexibly, as part of a busy and high performing team, while we will provide you with opportunities to undertake relevant training to help you develop in your role and further progress your career. Full details of the qualification and experience required for the roles can be found in the attached job description

If you have any questions you can call Eleanor Evans on (01424) 783251 or email ( We have a welcoming and friendly team so if you think this role could be for you we would love to hear from you.

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