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Principal Planning Officer - Gilston

East Herts Council
Hertford, Hertfordshire
Grade 9 – 10 £42,107 - £51,201 including local weighting, +£3500 Market Supplement*
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Officer, Planner
Local Authority

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Principal Planning Officer - Gilston

Grade 9 – 10 £42,107 - £51,201 including local weighting, +£3500 Market Supplement*

Full Time, 37 hours per week, permanent. Blended working available, Hertford. Closing date 27th November 2023.

Are you a senior planning professional looking to make a positive impact? Could you thrive in a progressive public sector environment?

If so, we’re looking for a Principal Planning Officer to support unique developments across the Gilston area and ensure we can meet the planning challenges of the 2020s and beyond.

If you’re passionate about planning with experience of dealing with major development proposals then this is an excellent opportunity to join our dedicated organisation.

The planning applications for our Gilston project, along with those for the supporting transport infrastructure, are one of the largest development proposals currently being considered in the country, making this an incredibly sought-after venture to work on.

So, if you want to utilise your expertise and would like to work with us, ahead of the curve playing an integral role in shaping the future of East Hertfordshire, we want to hear from you.

*In line with their pay policy, EHC will review the application of the Market Forces Supplement annually, and if warranted, will make adjustments in liaison with affected staff.

The Role

As a Principal Planning Officer, you will manage a caseload of complex planning and related applications, including pre-application submissions, focusing on development management in the Gilston Area which forms part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

Providing a service that is efficient and effective, you will oversee all stages of the process from initial assessment, through to committee reporting, legal agreements, conditions and appeals.

You will also keep up to date with case laws, national and local policies and community needs to ensure that the planning process can deliver the best outputs and outcomes.

Additionally, you will:

- Present casework to decision making committees and in other public meetings
- Respond promptly to customers’ needs
- Provide guidance, training and support to other team members

This role will require you to visit and inspect land and development sites and other locations both within and beyond the district.

About You

To be considered as a Principal Planning Officer, you will need:

- Experience dealing with major development proposals
- Experience and understanding of the planning legal obligation process
- Project management experience
- Experience dealing with planning issues and communicating these at committees and public meetings
- Experience guiding, mentoring and supporting junior colleagues
- A degree in Town and Country Planning and/or post graduate qualification in Town and Country Planning
- A current, valid driving licence, access to your own vehicle and the ability to travel across the district, occasionally at short notice

Other organisations may call this role Senior Planning Co-ordinator, Environmental Planning Executive, Senior Planning Development Officer, or Planning Applications Officer.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Jenny Pierce, Senior Planning Project Officer on 01992531624.

Closing date: 27th November at midnight.

Interviews will be held on: Week Commencing 4th December 2023.

So, if you’re looking to make a difference in East Hertfordshire as a Principal Planning Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer, valuing diversity and maintaining a firm commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants. We believe that creating inclusive environments leads to stronger collaboration and better outcomes in our work.



The District has Broxbourne to the south, Welwyn and Hatfield and Stevenage to the west and North Hertfordshire as its northern boundary. To the east, the district borders on the county of Essex.

The main centres of population are Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Buntingford. Between these main centres much of the area is open countryside, with rural communities of various sizes.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

For more information on the Council's vision and strategic objectives, please see our Vision & Corporate Priorities.

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