Senior Planner (Development Management)

Bedford Borough Council
Bedford, Bedfordshire
£41,496 - £46,549 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Local Authority
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Senior Planner (Development Management)
£41,496 - £46,549  per annum + Market rate supplement £1,500 per annum
Full time, 37 hours per week

We currently have a number of exciting opportunities within the Bedford Borough Planning Service and this is an ideal opportunity to gain a broad spread of planning experience and knowledge.

Bedford is at the heart of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc – the UK’s Super Region. We have excellent transport connections to the national rail network (40 minutes from London) and to the national motorway network via the M1 and A1.

Bedford itself is a traditional market town with a range of excellent educational settings and good quality cultural facilities. The River Great Ouse with its formal embankment along with an impressive range of other urban parks and gardens provide a high quality environment in which to live and work. However, if you prefer to live in a more rural setting, you will not be disappointed as we also have many attractive villages from which to choose.

Bedford Borough Council’s Planning Service

Bedford Borough Council is committed to a major programme of sustainable growth which will shape the Borough for generations to come. This will deliver thousands of new homes, regenerate its town centres and deliver environmental enhancements and an improved transport system.

We offer a fantastic opportunity to continue developing your planning career with an unrivalled mix of urban and rural development, regeneration schemes and sustainable new settlements. We are a friendly and supportive team, and we have flexible working practices, with a mixture of working in our office and home-working. In return we are looking for a motivated and innovative planner with relevant experience of dealing with a range of different application types of varying complexity, and has a good grasp of planning legislation, ideally in a development management setting. A pro-active approach to place-shaping and excellent customer service skills are essential, as well as being a team player.

If you believe you have these attributes, then we would love to hear from you. See what some of our current staff have to say about working in the planning team at Bedford on our website.

If you are interested in this position and would like an informal chat, please email

For full job details, visit our website.

Closing Date:  3rd December 2023.

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Bedford Borough features a wealth of rural villages set around the urban areas of Bedford and Kempston. The rural areas are characterised by timber framed and stone buildings, many with thatched roofs, whilst the urban areas have a wealth of late 18th and 19th century buildings. Bedford Borough Council has a strong commitment to the protection of its 27 conservation areas and over 1300 listed buildings.
The Council is currently rated as ‘excellent’ following a recent Comprehensive Performance Assessment.

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