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Senior Planning Officer

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
£36,371 to £39,571 pay award pending
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Senior Planning Officer

Advert Ref: REQ06885

Location Riverside House, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Salary £36,371 to £39,571 pay award pending

Permanent, 37 hours per week, full time.

We have high aspirations for Rotherham, from delivering major town centre regeneration with 1,000 new homes to the exciting Forge Island cinema and leisure development and the Future High Streets Fund bid to redevelop the town’s markets. Clearly, Rotherham is changing. Driving this change is a council that’s passionate about putting Rotherham on the map for all the right reasons.

Rotherham is a top performing planning authority: winner of the RTPI planning excellence award in 2018, an adopted Local Plan and top of the government’s league table for planning application performance. That’s what makes planning services at Rotherham different; we have talented, passionate people, determined to do their best work for Rotherham, influencing and helping to shape the Borough.

The council has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Planning Officer within its Planning Policy team.

About the role

The post is based in our modern Riverside House offices in the heart of Rotherham, well located for public transport from the Sheffield City Region. We know you must juggle work and life commitments and we will discuss the right mix for you, whether it’s compressed hours or working from home, we are committed to flexible working patterns in our established team. Our Worksmart hybrid working arrangements make working as easy in the home as at the office, so there is some flexibility about where and when you work, and we offer a range of other employee benefits.

As the Senior Planning Officer, you will work within the Planning Policy team to lead on local planning work.

This will include:

Leading on the preparation, adoption and review of statutory development plan and supplementary planning documents.

Maintaining an up-to-date evidence base to support the development of the Council’s Local Plan, commissioning and managing external providers where appropriate.

Conserving and improving the Borough’s heritage assets through the Council’s heritage at risk strategy, emerging local list and conservation area reviews.

Meeting the Council’s statutory responsibilities for the current and future neighbourhood plans in the Borough.

Providing specialist advice on behalf of the Council and meeting the planning policy needs of the Planning Service and other corporate strategies.

Liaising with adjacent authorities to ensure coordinated working at regional and sub regional level.

Experience of retail planning would be an advantage but is not essential.

You will play an active role in shaping Rotherham’s sustainable development: meeting the key challenges of continuing the Borough’s regeneration, growing the local economy and providing new homes while preserving the best of its environment and responding to climate change.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed planning professional, with the experience, skills, and knowledge to quickly integrate into a busy Planning Policy team. You will hold a town planning or equivalent qualification and be eligible for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

You will have extensive knowledge of planning legislation, policy and guidance and how the planning system operates, including statutory development plan processes.

You will be positive in your approach, proactive, and experienced in successfully identifying and introducing changes designed to improve service delivery.

You will be able to present complex information in a clear and easy to understand manner, to ensure understanding by a wide variety of stakeholders.

Further information

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Andy Duncan, Planning Policy Manager on 01709 823830 or

This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).

From 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2024 employees paid at Band D and above are subject to a temporary pay reduction of 1.15% spread out by means of a weekly / monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure, those who experience a pay reduction will be awarded of three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part-time).

Closing date: 26/06/2022

Interviews scheduled: Week commencing 4th July 2022

For more information about the above post and to apply online please click on the 'Apply' button.

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