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Planning Policy Team Roles at Wealden

Wealden District Council
Hailsham, East Sussex
Various roles from £30,000 to £66,310 plus Car Allowance on most posts
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

Job Details

Wealden - Permanent Planning Policy Team Roles

Planning Policy Manager

£60,543 - £66,310 p.a. + Car Allowance £3,564 p.a.

Planning Policy Team Leader

£55,543 - £61,310 p.a. + Car Allowance £3,564 p.a.

Senior Planning Policy Officer

£46,715 - £48,556 p.a. + Car Allowance £2,745 p.a.

Planning Policy / Assistant Planning Policy Officer

£30,398 - £42,915 (dependent on experience)

Hybrid working model -working from our office in Hailsham as well as from home.

Do you want to work in a positive work environment where innovation is encouraged and celebrated? Would you like to work for a local authority which invests in its Team and is working hard to plan positively for the District’s future?

If you answered yes to both these questions, then stop scrolling and read on…..

It’s a great time to join our growing Team. Wealden District Council are on their journey shaping the district to plan positively for growth. We have recently completed our Regulation 18 Local Plan consultation and looking to invest in additional staff resources in its Planning Policy Team to support the next stage of plan-making.


We are an innovative authority investing in technology to support our journey, having recently launched ‘Let’s Talk Wealden’ to allow our communities to find out about the latest proposals for our area and let them ask us questions about what they think of our services. Our Planning Hub is a new community space where people can come to view major planning applications and discuss their merits as well as Ask the Development Manager a question about Planning. We publish frequent 5 minute ‘Planning Pulse’ podcasts to get news and updates as we open up the conversation around planning.

Located in East Sussex, close to Brighton, Wealden is a beautiful, predominantly rural area which includes small towns and picturesque villages and a large part of the district being within the High Weald National Landscape. The combination of such an attractive area and proximity to larger urban areas in Sussex and Kent present an interesting and challenging mix of planning issues to ensure that we provide for the needs of our residents both now and into the future.

Wealden District Council

What will you be doing?

We are looking to fill a range of roles from Assistant Planning Policy Officer up to Planning Policy Manager and are looking for enthusiastic, empathetic and ambitious individuals to join our busy team. You will have a key role in the preparation and successful delivery of the Council’s new Local Plan as well as our forthcoming Community Infrastructure Levy review. We are developing innovative policies supporting our district’s journey to net zero as well as support for reversing the biodiversity crisis. We have enthusiastic, engaged communities, very active in Neighbourhood Planning who need support from us as they develop their plans.

What do we offer?

We offer many enhanced staff benefits such as a career average pension scheme, flexible working, generous annual leave and flexitime, award winning health and wellbeing services and continuous professional development opportunities.

For more information:

For more information and an informal chat about the opportunities please contact Nichola Watters on 01323 443299

To Apply:

Please click on the link to be taken to our website where you can apply online. Log in to your existing account or create a new one.

If you are unable to apply online, or have a query, please email ensuring you quote the relevant post number.

Please quote the relevant job title(s) & post number(s) applied for on your application under the personal specification section.

  • J4001 - Planning Policy Manager 
  • J4025 - Planning Policy Team Leader
  • J4010 - Senior Planning Policy Officer
  • J4017 - Planning Policy Officer/Assistant Planning Policy Officer

Closing Date: 1st July 2024

Interview Dates: w/c 8th and 15th July 2024

Wealden District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment.  We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities and all applications will be treated on merit.


Wealden is the largest district in East Sussex covering 322.4 square miles (83502 hectares) and is home to 160,600 people (2019 based projections). Two thirds of the District is designated an a Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are 41 conservation areas and it has the largest amount of ancient woodland of any district in the country.

The Ashdown Forest falls completely within the north of the District and part of the south of the District is in the South Downs National Park.

One half of our population is located in the five main towns of Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Polegate and Uckfield, with the remainder divided among 37 rural parishes.

Wealden had 8,510 businesses in 2018. Small and micro-businesses form a fundamental part of the Wealden economy with 91% approx. of businesses in Wealden employing less than 9 people.

There are two distinct structures of local government:

  • Unitary: a single tier structure where an all-purpose principal authority is responsible for providing most of the services such as Brighton and Hove City Council. This may have some Town or Parish Councils providing a lower local tier.
  • County/District: comprising at least two levels, often with a third tier of town/parish councils, and found in the remaining shire counties in England.

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