Planning Officer

28591 - 32838 GBP per Year
31 Oct 2017
22 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Job Details

£28,591 per annum for 36 hours per week Monday to Friday based at County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2DW

Flexible working is supported where possible, including working from home. You will be entitled to 24 days annual leave on joining Surrey, have the option of joining the local government salary-related pension scheme, and have access to other benefits including the cycle to work and car lease schemes. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

About the Role

Are you looking to continue your planning career?

Surrey faces huge challenges to accommodate housing and economic growth in a sustainable way in the context of a densely populated and valuable natural environment. Surrey is a diverse County with urban fringe in the north abutting Greater London and free standing towns and villages to the south. 73% of the County is within the Metropolitan Greenbelt, 26% within one of the two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 22% covered in Woodland. Development proposals in Surrey are often controversial and can generate significant public interest. Many Surrey residents are deeply concerned about development and actively participate in the planning process.

The County Council is the Planning Authority for minerals, waste and the County Council’s own development proposals. The County Council is currently looking to recruit a Planner to the Minerals & Waste Planning Policy team. We are looking for a planner looking to expand their experience and to continue to develop their planning career. The County Council will provide support for a planner wishing to gain Membership of the RTPI and may fund further study in appropriate circumstances.

Excellent communication skills are crucial to this post. The post holder will be expected to be able to politely and confidently communicate verbally and in writing with the public, fellow professionals, applicants and County Councillors. Good organisation, self-motivation, enthusiasm and attention to detail are important personal skills in this role.

The Minerals & Waste Planning Policy Team are responsible for the production of the County Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Plans and are currently reviewing the Surrey Waste Plan. The post will be contributing to work on the review of the Waste Plan and to the production of other documents such as the Annual Monitoring Report and Local Aggregates Assessment.

To be shortlisted for interview, your application will need to clearly show evidence of:

  • A relevant degree;
  • A full UK driving licence;
  • Chartered membership of the RTPI or a demonstration of commitment to working towards;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience of working in a town planning or related work environment;
  • A commitment to delivering sustainable development for the benefit of the residents of Surrey.

Contact Details

Interested in finding out more?

For more information on this position please review the Job Description attached to the bottom of this advert before applying or please feel free to contact Paul Sanderson, Minerals & Waste Policy Manager, 020 8541 9949,

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 22 November 2017

Please note, if access to the GCSX (PSN) network is required for this role, a Basic Disclosure (DBS check) will be required to meet the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards.

Equal Opportunities

Surrey County 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.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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