Senior Planning Officers

To 38888 GBP per Year
31 Oct 2017
22 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner

Job Details

1 x permanent: Planning Development Team

1 x 3-year fixed term: Spatial Planning & Policy Team

£38,888 per annum for 36 hours per week Monday to Friday based at County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2DW. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

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 progress 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 Senior Planners to the Spatial Planning & Policy and Planning Development teams. We are looking for experienced planners looking to progress their careers.

Excellent communication skills are crucial to these posts. The post holders 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 these roles.

The Spatial Planning & Policy Team

The Spatial Planning & Policy Team are responsible for co-ordinating the County Council’s statutory duty to co-operate obligations throughout the Authority.

The post holder in Spatial Planning & Policy will be working with the District and Borough Councils in the County in local plan preparation; responding to consultations on local plans; liaising with neighbouring authorities; co-ordinating County Council consultation responses across services; and maximising funding for infrastructure delivery to support economic growth.

The Planning Development Team 

The Planning Development team are responsible for the County Council’s statutory development management role The post holder in Planning Development will predominantly deal with the processing of applications for the County Council’s own ‘Regulation 3’ development, although they will also be expected to assist with minerals and waste development casework. The post holder will be able to deal with complex applications with minimal supervision. They will also be expected to assist and mentor more junior officers. Case Officers at all levels are expected produce reports and to present their own applications at Committee.

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;
  • An in depth understanding of the planning system gained through a minimum of 4 years work;
  • 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 Sue Janota, Spatial Planning & Policy Manager, 020 8541 7593, (Spatial Planning) or Alex Sanders, Reg 3 Team Manager, 020 8541 9462, (Planning Development).

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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