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Senior Planning Officer

South Hams District Council / West Devon Borough Council
Totnes, Devon
£37,336 - £41,418 per annum
Closing date
31 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Development Control, Planning, Town Centres, Urban Design
Officer, Planner
Local Authority

Job Details

Senior Planning Officer

Salary: £37,336 - £41,418 per annum

Agile Working / Totnes / Tavistock, Devon

Full Time, 37 hours per week

Job reference: CF195P001

Job description

We are growing our Planning Service and so we are looking for an ambitious planner seeking to extend your experience.  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 Councils embark on a review of its Joint Local Plan.

We have a Planning Improvement Plan 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 a new Senior Planning Officer, you will have the opportunity alongside your day-to-day work of planning applications, pre-applications and appeals, to get involved in wider projects across the service.

As a Senior Planning Officer within Planning (Development Management), you should be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) within a Planning or related discipline and be a Member of the RTPI.  You will have previous experience in Development Management with the ability to lead on a range of applications including major pre-applications and planning applications and providing advice and guidance Members. You will also have a small group of planning officers to guide and mentor. You will be committed to delivering high quality developments whilst ensuring performance and excellent customer service is maintained.

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 or 01803 861551, or Pat Whymer, Head of Development (South Hams) at or 01803 861396.

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Closing date: 31st of December 2023 


Do you embrace change and push boundaries? Are you ready to make a difference?

West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils are shared authorities with an exciting, innovative and forward-looking delivery model. We are offering opportunities to customer focused individuals who welcome change and can drive forward and shape new ways of service delivery. In return, we can offer flexible working in an environment where innovation, challenge and efficiency are key aspects. You will be part of a dedicated team working on:

  • Stunning coastline and countryside
  • Exciting developments and growth
  • Thriving towns and villages
  • World class heritage


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