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Principal Planner (Development Management)

Dover District Council
Dover, Kent
£42,186 to £47,745 per annum 
Closing date
15 Nov 2021

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  • Salary £42,186 to £47,745 per annum  
  • Permanent post
  • Flexible working arrangements (home/office) 
  • Generous annual leave and benefits including private health care
  • Relocation Package 


This is a new post within a newly restructured and expanding development management section that is needed to help address a significant increase in developer and inward investment interest within the district, realise Dover’s ambitions for high quality growth and regeneration and contribute to the Council’s strategy to mitigate climate change. This is a senior role that will make a positive contribution to the shaping and delivery of the Council’s planning service.  

Dover District is an exciting place to come and work, live and enjoy life. The area is steeped in history, with the iconic White Cliffs, Dover Castle and the historic coastal towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich. Leisure opportunities abound along our stunning coastline, within our vibrant and growing towns and attractive countryside, part of which includes the North Downs AONB. The district is amongst one of the most attractive and diverse in Kent and offers a stimulating and varied range of environments and opportunities within which to develop and advance your planning career. 


Principal Planning Officer: Reporting to the Team Leader (Strategic Sites and Place), this post will play a key role in the newly established Strategic Sites Team. Having a breadth of experience in processing major planning applications and negotiating S.106 agreements with minimal supervision, you will take responsibility for your own caseload and also contribute to a development team approach focused on processing pre-application enquiries and planning applications for the Council’s strategic (plan allocation/project) sites. You will have a customer focused and proactive approach and aim to secure high quality outcomes, using PPA’s and arranging/attending Design Reviews when required and negotiating S.106 agreements. You will present cases at planning committee and at appeal and will deal with all applications in a timely way and to target. The role provides an opportunity to take on line-management responsibility to assist the Team Leader as required. Knowledge/experience of dealing with Urban Design, viability and other specialist issues aligned to this role would be an advantage.  


For an informal discussion about this post, please contact

Peter Wallace, (01304 872462) or Luke Blaskett, (01304 872449)

Closing Date: 15th November 2021

Interviews to be held 22/23 November.

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