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Planning Enforcement Officer

Sevenoaks District Council
Sevenoaks, Kent
£28,023 – £42,107
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Enforcement, Planning
Officer, Planner
Local Authority

Job Details

Planning Enforcement Officer

Salary - Career graded role

£28,023 – £42,107 (depending upon experience) plus a Car Allowance of up to £1,239

The vacant post will be of particular interest to someone currently working in Enforcement and looking for the next step in their career. There is an opportunity to mentor others and take on the more complex cases, supporting the Planning Enforcement Manager.

Our Planning Enforcement team investigates all reports of alleged breaches of planning control which is a critical role within the Planning team and the wider Council.

As part of our wider planning department, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of planning experts who’ll be on hand to help you with any queries you may have in your investigations.

You’ll ensure the Enforcement service delivers excellent work through your commitment, enthusiasm, and loyalty. You’ll be a positive role model for the service and for your colleagues by inspiring trust through honesty and integrity.

As a committed team player, you’ll have excellent communication skills to interact with our customers and deliver a high-quality service.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • A Levels or equivalent level of education
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Proven experience of investigative work in a planning environment or similar

For appointment to the higher end of the career grade:

  • Degree in Town Planning or relevant associate discipline
  • Significant experience of inspections and investigations into breaches of planning control and be able to demonstrate a track record of making appropriate recommendations and decisions on the course of action
  • Previous experience of mentoring junior colleagues

This role will be based at our Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks Kent TN13 1HG. We currently operate a hybrid working model for the majority of our roles where your working time will be divided between the office (2-3 days) and home working (2-3 days).

Do you want to know more about the role?

Please contact Louise Cane, Planning Enforcement Manager, on 01732 227260 for an informal discussion about the role.

For any agency enquiries, please contact Lucy Wraxall, Recruitment & Onboarding Advisor on 01732 227383.  

Do you want to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?

Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Closing date:  21st June 2024

Interviews: 3rd July 2024

Equal Opportunities

Sevenoaks – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Sevenoaks District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply

Please apply online (see below). If this is not possible, please contact a member of the HR team by either emailing or contacting us on 01732 227383 to discuss how we can assist you in applying.


Sevenoaks District Council 

A Seriously Different Council

Rated in the top 2% of best performing district councils nationally as well as being situated in Sevenoaks; known for being the best place in Kent to work by the Sunday Times.

We are an innovative and diverse council that stands out with our initial 3 core beliefs

1) Dedication to Customer Service

2) Quality of our services

3) Quality of how we empower our staff

Sevenoaks District is large, covering 142 square miles. A huge 93% of that is Green Belt and alot of that area is rural.

Sevenoaks District is also known for its areas of outstanding natural beauty, which accounts for more than 60% of the District.

There are over 50 services provided here and encourage you to apply to join us and help us acehieve the promises we make to our community.

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