Senior Planning Officer (Policy)

Horsham, West Sussex
£35,444-£39,177 pa
29 Aug 2017
18 Sep 2017
PEP 1243
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Horsham District Council has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Planning Officer to join the Strategic Planning team, to contribute to planning for both the urban and rural environments in the District.  You will play an active role in shaping the attractive and affluent area between coast and capital which faces a key challenge of maintaining the District’s unique character whilst bringing forward a prosperous future.  

Planning in Horsham has a dynamic role in delivering the District’s vision of a vibrant place to live, work and visit.  We adopted our local plan in 2015, and will implement CIL charging from the beginning of October. This provides the basis for a number of exciting projects including the commencement of the Local Plan review.

As a Senior Planning Officer you will work in the Strategic Planning Team to help prepare Local Plan Review documentation and provide advice and guidance on strategic planning issues both within the Council and to members of the public. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking surveys, site appraisals and studies that to inform the production of Development Plan Documents and Supplementary Planning Documents
  • Preparing necessary reports and policy documentation
  • Providing policy advice to Development Management colleagues and applicants
  • Represent the Council at appeals, hearings, public enquiries and Examinations on a range of policy matters, including housing land supply
  • Liaise with adjoining authorities, parishes , developers and the wider community on a range of Planning policy issues
  • To assist the neighbourhood planning officer in providing advice and support to local communities preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans

To succeed as a Senior Planning Officer you must have competence in a variety of IT systems and packages, plus the ability to work as part of a team as well as on your own initiative. You must also have:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent and a recognised planning qualification
  • Eligibility for RTPI Membership
  • Good numerical skills and attention to detail
  • Good time management and organisation skills.
  • High level communication and presentation skills particularly concerning complex or controversial issues.

The work we offer is inspiring and innovative.  Our work/life balance is family friendly and salaries are as attractive as the local lifestyle. What’s more, our IT system makes work as easy in the home or in the field as at the office so there’s plenty of flexibility about where and when you operate.

To apply, please visit our website.

Ref: PEP 1243

Closing date: 18 September 2017 at midday

Interviews: week commencing 25 September 2017

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