Principal Planning Officer
Agile Working / Totnes / Tavistock, Devon
Salary: £49,498 - £54,024 per annum
Full time: 37 hours per week
Job reference: TB001C004
We are growing our Planning Service and so we are looking for an ambitious and driven Principal Planner seeking to extend your experience in the best area of the country. West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils are shared authorities with an exciting, innovative, and forward-looking delivery model.
You will be working in a beautiful area of the country, combining the coasts and estuaries of South Hams with the outstanding landscapes in the shadow of Dartmoor National Park. The areas are rich in biodiversity, amazing landscapes, fantastic seaside and harbour towns, as well as historic towns and villages. We are part of the Devon and Cornwall Mining World Heritage Site, there are two AONB’s, plenty of Conservation Areas and lots of listed buildings We think it`s a truly outstanding place to work, that will offer the right candidate valuable experience in a wide range of casework, and an opportunity to shape a sustainable future as the Council embarks on a review of its Joint Local Plan.
We have an Improvement Plan for our Planning Service which is delivering and developing our performance, alongside a positive and supportive management team. You will join our busy but friendly team and help to deliver our ambitions to create an excellent Planning Service.
As an experienced Planner, you will have the opportunity alongside your day-to-day work, to get involved in wider projects across the service, as well as being responsible for mentoring a small group of senior officers.
As a Principal Planning Officer within Planning (Development Management), you should be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) within a Planning related discipline and be a Member of the RTPI. You will have previous experience in Development Management with the ability to lead on major and complex pre-applications and planning applications and providing advice and guidance to Councillors, agents and architects. You will be committed to delivering high quality developments whilst ensuring performance and excellent customer service is maintained at all times.
In return, we can offer an environment which is supportive, where innovation is sought and efficiency is key along with the following benefits:
- Flexible working options (including remote working)
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- A staff benefit scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
For an informal discussion please contact Jac Houslander, Head of Development Management (West Devon) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01803 861551, or Pat Whymer, Head of Development Management (South Hams) at email@example.com or 01803 861396.
Closing date: 31st of December 2023