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Principal Planning Officer (Policy)

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4LZ and hyrbid.
£53,273 - £56,027 (inclusive of a £5,000 market supplement payment) plus £3k golden hello
Closing date
7 Apr 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Planning, Policy and Strategy, Regeneration
Local Authority
Senior Executive

Job Details

This is a rare opportunity for someone with significant post qualification experience to play a vital role in the Council’s planning policy team at an exciting time for the planning service. We are looking to refocus and reshape the direction of the local plan, including embracing the opportunities that digital planning presents. We are therefore specifically looking for someone who can bring a broad range of experience, ambition and passion to the role, alongside the ability to develop new and innovative approaches to policy-making.

Tonbridge and Malling has recently completed a Regulation 18 consultation on its new local plan and is currently taking forward key pieces of evidence to support policy-development. The post-holder will play a leading role in the development of strategic policies and the spatial strategy of the local plan as well as being the client lead for a range of evidence base studies. You will also be expected to support and deputise for the Planning Policy Manager.

You should possess enthusiasm, be highly motivated and have excellent communication skills.

You should possess a relevant degree and/or should have completed post-graduation studies for qualification for membership of the RTPI (or a suitable equivalent level of education). You will have have a sound experience of working within busy work environments and be keen to learn and able to adapt to changing demands and situations. A full driving licence is essential.

You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the plan making process and ideally have experience of working in a planning policy environment.

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The Tonbridge and Malling planning team is critical to delivering our vision for a thriving, sustainable borough.

As we develop our Local Plan and related strategies, we’re on the look out for talented people to help us turn that vision into a reality. We're offering competitive renumeration packages across the board plus a £3,000 golden hello for certain roles.

You’ll be joining a team delivering a spatial strategy and Local Plan that meets the challenges posed by a borough which is both ambitious for growth but also sensitive to the needs of a diverse range of towns, villages and rural communities. 

We’re leading the way on climate change and developing strategies to secure the future of our green and blue infrastructure, while also delivering significant biodiversity gains. Our principal town of Tonbridge is the focus of a strategic asset review in which we are seeking opportunities for growth and to be an active participant in delivery.

Joining Tonbridge and Malling brings a host of professional and lifestyle advantages.

We’re a forward-thinking authority, committed to staff development through vocational and technical training, coupled with opportunities for job share, flexi time, compressed hours and working from home. You’ll also be working in one of the most beautiful boroughs in Kent with great schools, excellent transport links and a strong sense of community.

So, if you’re looking for a new professional challenge, a supportive working environment and room to grow in your career, we’d love to hear from you.

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