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Planning Officer / Senior Planning Officer

Woking Borough Council
Woking, Surrey
Please see job advert for details:
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

Job Details

Planning Officer

Salary in range from £28,0714 to £39,717 (dependent on experience) plus minimum flexible benefits allowance of £2,007 and vehicle allowance of £2,600

Senior Planning Officer  

Salary in range from £39,718 to £46,569 (dependent on experience) plus minimum flexible benefits allowance of £2,241 and vehicle allowance of £2,600

Woking Borough Council is seeking a Planning Officer and a Senior Planning Officer to join the Development Management Team on a full-time, permanent basis. Working in the Council’s Development Management Team is both exciting and challenging as significant growth is planned in the Borough with an emphasis on continuing town centre regeneration to complement recently delivered improvements. By contrast, 60% of the borough is designated as Green Belt and forms the backdrop to a number of villages which retain much of their original character.

Reporting to the Development Management Operations Manager, the postholder will be responsible for processing a range of planning applications and appeals depending on their experience and providing planning advice to Council Members, the general public, developers, applicants and other Council services. 

We are looking for a self-motivated individual with a positive outlook, excellent communication skills and a commitment to team working. The successful candidate will ideally be degree educated in a relevant discipline, or currently studying at an equivalent level. Knowledge of planning legislation is essential as are strong analytical and report writing skills. For the Planning Officer post, Local Planning Authority experience and experience of dealing with planning applications and other planning work is desirable but not essential. A successful candidate at Senior Planning Officer level will demonstrate political awareness and the ability to manage a caseload of more complex applications.    

In return, we can offer you the chance to develop your career in a friendly, supportive team and high-performing team, a generous flexi-time scheme with the ability to take up to two flexi leave days a month, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, flexible benefits and a vehicle allowance.

It is a requirement for this role that applicants hold a valid full UK Driving License in order to be able to undertake site visits. The post provides the opportunity for flexible working arrangements including some home working.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dan Freeland, Development Management Operations Manager on 01483 743456 or

Closing Date:  15 July 2024 at 23:55PM

Interview Date: week commencing 22 July 2024


Woking is one of 11 boroughs in Surrey and consists of 10 electoral wards. 

Woking has an approximate population of just under 104,000 residents. The 2021 Census reported a 4.8% increase in population since 2011.

Woking is an enterprising, vibrant and sustainable borough which is proactively shaping its future. We are determined to drive and shape growth that will benefit all of our communities. 

Our objective is to transform Woking in to a 21st century global economic hub situated between London and Heathrow. 

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