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Senior Planner

East Suffolk Council
Lowestoft or Woodbridge, Suffolk
£36,922 - £40,876 per annum (pro rata for PT staff)
Closing date
1 Mar 2022

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  • East Suffolk Council, Lowestoft or Woodbridge
  • £36,922 - £40,876 per annum
  • 25 hours per week (Lowestoft or Woodbridge)
  • Permanent

East Suffolk Council is an exciting place to work and a great place to make a real difference to people’s lives, delivering vital services to a quarter of a million people across East Suffolk.

We currently have two exciting opportunities to join the East Suffolk Council's growing Planning team as a Senior Planner.

You will work proactively and professionally with all customers to provide a high quality development management experience within East Suffolk, and to manage, negotiate and assess planning applications and pre-application submissions in accordance with planning law, national and local policy and guidance.

You will uphold the decisions of the Council on planning applications via the appeal process, carry out some planning enforcement duties and take account of relevant legislation, policies and procedures of the Council, and also assisting the Planning team to meet agreed targets and standards, including the mentoring of junior officers.

With full chartered RTPI membership (or immediately working towards submission of your APC), you should have a recognised qualification (to Masters degree level or equivalent) in town planning or a closely related discipline, as well as considerable experience of working in planning in either the public or private sector. You will have extensive, up to date knowledge of current planning working practices, development design, planning law and regulations, and some experience of leading on major planning applications.

Confidence in negotiation, the ability to foster robust working relationships, and strong analytical skills and are all essential for this position.

If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all of the essential requirements, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

Why work for us?

East Suffolk Council is a great place to work and there are lots of benefits our employees can access. To find out more about why we are so proud of East Suffolk Council, take a look at our video and hear why our employees think it is such a great place to work.

Here are some of the main benefits:

  • Great opportunities for training and development
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 24 days a year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays)
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking (for when you are working in the office) 
  • Discounts on mobile phones, computers, holiday and travel, fashion and clothing, health and beauty and many other products and services.

Please see our benefits brochure for further information

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the majority of our teams are working from home and there are strict social distancing measures in place for the limited number of staff working from our offices. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements if you were the successful candidate, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Ben Woolnough – Planning Manager (Development Management) on 07833 406681

Closing date: 9:00 am, 1st March 2022

Interview date: TBC

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