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Planning Officer

South Hams District Council / West Devon Borough Council
Totnes, Devon
£30,825 - £33,945 per annum
Closing date
31 Dec 2023

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Planning Officer

Location: Agile Working / Totnes / Tavistock, Devon

Salary: £30,825 - £33,945 per annum

Full time: 37 hours per week

Job reference: CF343P001

Job description

We are growing our Planning Service and so we are looking for an ambitious planner seeking to make the first step in your career in planning or 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 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 and friendly team and help to deliver our ambitions to create an excellent Planning Service. As a new Planning Officer or Graduate Planner, 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.

You should be qualified to degree level (or equivalent) within a Planning related discipline and be either, a member of the RTPI or willing to work towards membership. You will ideally have some previous experience in Development Management with the ability to lead on pre-applications and planning applications however we also welcome applicants at the start of their planning career who are eager to learn and develop their knowledge as a planning officer. You will be committed to delivering high quality developments whilst ensuring performance and excellent customer service is always maintained.

In return, we can offer an environment which is supportive, where innovation is sought and efficiency is key. We also offer the following benefits:

  • Flexible working options (including remote working)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Staff benefit schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme

For an informal discussion please contact Jac Houslander, Head of Development Management (West Devon) at  or 01803 861551, or Pat Whymer (South Hams) at  or 01803 861396.

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Closing date: 31st 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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