Planning Officer

Lewis Davey
Ashford, Kent
£21,420- £35,532 + Car allowance & relocation package
29 Jun 2018
29 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The gateway to Europe!

Ashford has an enviable position as a main hub into Europe, with direct transport links to Paris, Brussels and, of course, central London there is more than meets the eye to this Area.

Ashford is going through an exciting transformation with large urban extensions and other leisure and commercial developments currently happening.  The town itself is going through major regeneration work, with an £90M extension to the famous Ashford Designer Outlet, a new cinema complex, hotel, restaurants and hundreds of new apartments, plus the brand new Curious Brew HQ.  Ashford have already delivered a new college and Commercial Quarter, a mixed-use development of up to 590,000 square feet of prime office location space.  It’s easy to see why Ashford is a popular choice and one of the fastest growing places in the South East.

A thriving and dynamic town in the heart of Kents most enchanting countryside, Ashford offers an easy pace of life with an exciting programme of development to make it attempting place to live and work.


Well connected?

Absolutely, travelling by Train you can get from Ashford to London in just 38 minutes. Other towns in Kent are also within easy commutable reach, Tonbridge (29 mins), Hastings (38 mins), Canterbury (15mins) and Ebsfleet (South London) in just 19 minutes!

Excellent, and improving, road networks in Ashford provide ease of travel into the town centre and to the many tourist attractions in the area, the beautiful countryside and coastal areas.


The opportunity

With a modern office based a couple of minutes from the train station, we offer a flexible working environment for a Planning Officer to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team on a wide range of planning and development tasks including processing pre-application enquiries and planning applications.

You will assist the Senior/Principal Planners in the delivery of high quality, customer focused, development management services and you will also have the opportunity to gain experience of presenting applications at the Planning Committee.


Who are we looking for?

Ideally, a Planning Officer with experience of working within Development Management and eligible for chartered membership of the RTPI through the achievement of an RTPI recognised qualification or equivalent planning training qualification.


You will need to demonstrate that you have experience of planning applications and/or enforcement processes and the administration of planning controls and regulations.  Perhaps you have  independently handled a case load and given advice on more complex planning applications. You will have the ability to organise your own workload, work to tight deadlines and it is essential that you are a car user.


Key Benefits

  • A supportive employer with a strong focus on career development and training.
  • The opportunity to work in a dynamic environment with some truly exciting projects.
  • Generous relocation package and details are available on request (up to a maximum of £5,000).
  • Flexible working arrangements such as home working and compressed hours.
  • Annual leave entitlement is 33 to 34 days including bank holidays.
  • Cycle To Work Scheme.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme from day one.
  • My Ashford Rewards, make great savings on food shopping, entertainment, high street and online stores, days out and eating out.
  • Essential user car allowance or lease car subsidy equivalent to £2,080


Key dates

Interviews will be held on 16th 17th 30th and 31st August


How to apply?

For an informal and confidential discussion on this role, please call us now on (0) 20 7859 4246​. Our dedicated and manned hotline is open between 8AM - 8PM. Please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are looking forward to hearing from you. Email enquiries can also be sent to

Lewis Davey is a specialist Town Planning Consultancy and has been appointed to manage the application process for all candidates. With over 15 years of Planning Recruitment experience and our ability to obtain direct answers to your queries means that you can get the information you need to start your application immediately. We are here to help.

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