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Development Management Planning Opportunities

Thurrock Council
Grays, Essex
£25,743 - £45,168 (dependent on role)
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Development Control
Officer, Planner
Local Authority
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Do you want to be part of a progressive Unitary Authority with a strong performance ethos?

Thurrock presents unrivalled opportunity for planning professionals and has one of the largest and most ambitious planning agendas in the country.

The new Local Plan is set to deliver over 30,000 new homes and 22,500 new jobs. In addition, Thurrock is home to the Thames Freeport which is set to deliver £4.5 billion worth of investment. The Council has an ambitious regeneration strategy and the Council has received Town Fund awards in Grays and Tilbury. Thurrock is also part of ASELA  which has ambitious plans for South Essex.

Working for Thurrock provides the perfect opportunity for you to progress your planning career and skills on a wide range of exciting planning applications. We offer modern flexible agile and hybrid working arrangements, a supportive team environment and we will pay for your RTPI membership.

We are growing our team and have various opportunities available. We are looking for ambitious, talented, qualified individuals with a passion for planning and shaping places that will help us deliver high quality developments throughout the Borough.

If you are motivated and excited to progress your planning career helping us achieve our planning agenda apply now.

For an informal discussion or more information please contact

Owing to the scale of our agenda, we have positions at varying levels; with opportunities to be involved in major application project work, enforcement or mainstream development management. We will have a number of roles to support this including:

  • Planning Assistant
  • Planning Officer
  • Senior Planning Officer

For more detailed information regarding the vacancies, please find job profiles attached. For more information on Payscales, this can be found here:


About the Council

We are home to some of the most exciting opportunities in the country. Our growth programme is possibly the largest and most ambitious in the country. £6 billion has already been invested by the private sector in Thurrock up to 2017, with 7,000 new jobs created and 1,170 new businesses coming to the borough, including leading ports and logistics centres, retail and creative industries. We expect a further 30,000 new jobs to be created by the year 2037. More than 1,000 acres of land are ready for commercial development, with 30,000 new homes likely to be built. Thurrock is at the heart of global trade and logistics, with no fewer than 3 international ports. We are well positioned on the M25 and A13 corridors, with excellent transport links west into London, north and east into Essex, and south into Kent.

A great place to live

Our urban centres are a vibrant mix of established towns and new young communities, with a diverse and growing population of around 160,000 residents. Rents are more affordable than those in neighboring London boroughs Our population is diverse, with a mix of nationalities living across our towns and villages. Massive investment and growth is bringing new jobs and opportunities to the area. For shoppers, we have 3 huge malls within easy reach – Lakeside in Thurrock, Bluewater and Westfield Stratford.

Green and pleasant land

Whilst London is directly on our eastern border, Thurrock itself is not as built-up. Behind our 18 miles of riverfront we have a varied green belt that covers 70% of the borough. Those who prefer unspoilt countryside will enjoy our 2 nature reserves – Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve and Thameside Nature Park – along with many other open parks and woodlands. Thurrock can offer you a great quality of life.

Equality duty

Thurrock Council is committed to eradicating discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognize that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We are committed to agile working and welcome applications from those interested in flexible working. We strongly welcome applications from individuals that consider themselves to have a disability and individuals from black and minority ethnic groups as we recognize the positive benefits of a more diverse workforce at all levels. For more information on this please  CLICK HERE 

Our values

At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  Our values, quite simply, inform everything we do – our thoughts, words and actions.

Every individual and every organisation is involved in making hundreds of decisions every day and these decisions are a reflection of our values and beliefs.

Not only this, our values guide  our vision of empowering all our staff regardless of which part of the business they work in.

  • Proud – of everything we do and championing Thurrock Council
  • Ambitious – by continually improving
  • Compassionate – by building relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity
  • Empowered – by removing barriers to influence better outcomes
  • Collaborative – by working together to achieve better outcomes
  • Inclusive – by fully accepting and supporting those we work with and serve
  • It is through our behaviours and day to day actions that we demonstrate and bring to life our values. By working together and embodying these values we will be able to successfully deliver our vision and priorities.


Thurrock Council's vision is: an ambitious and collaborative community which is proud of its heritage and excited by its diverse opportunities and future.

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Working for Thurrock provides the perfect environment to progress your planning career and skills. Our growth programme is possibly the largest and most ambitious in the country. £6 billion has already been invested by the private sector in Thurrock up to 2017, with more than 1,000 acres of land ready for commercial development and no fewer than three international ports. We expect a further 30,000 new jobs to be created by 2037.

Our offices are located just 25 minutes from London, offering modern, flexible, hybrid working arrangements. Striking the right balance between home life and work life is very important to us and you will be supported to make sure that you thrive in our organisation. 

Read our latest article: Why there's "no better place to progress your planning career" than Thurrock Council 

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