Planning Officers x 2 positions/Senior Planning Officer

Malvern Hills District
£32,233 - £36,153 pro rate per annum/£29,055 - £32,233 pro rata per annum
16 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019
Job Level
Officer, Planner, Senior

Planning Officers x 2 positions/PART TIME 18.5 hrs per week per post

Senior Planner/FIXED TERM contract to November 2019

Malvern Hills District Council is a forward-thinking, proactive and successful Local Planning Authority situated in accessible, exceptionally attractive countryside within South Worcestershire.  We are seeking enthusiastic and committed planning officers who would thrive on the challenge of managing a substantial and varied caseload of planning applications and appeals and contribute to the work of our effective and well respected team.

We share a Chief Executive and a joint senior management team with Wychavon District Council. Both councils remain independent organisations with their own political structures and district identities, but joint working arrangements allow us to work efficiently and maximise opportunities to achieve efficiencies, maintain resilience and deliver high quality services to our residents.

We are looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find.  That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits including flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a local government pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development and discounted gym membership.

The Role:

We currently have three positions available:

Senior Planning Officer

37 hours per week  -  £32,233 - £36,153 pro rata per annum

Fixed term contract to November 2019

Planning Officers, Part time 18.5 hrs per week per post

£29,055 - £32,233 pro rata per annum*

Position 2. (PS50M) - Fixed Term Contract – (Maternity Cover up to ten months)

Position 3. (PS601) - Permanent

*Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Malvern Hills District is already an amazing place, a place of unique history and exceptional landscape quality, yet also a place of significant opportunity.  We want the District to be somewhere everyone thrives.  Delivering on the area’s growth potential is critical to that vision.  As a Senior Planning Officer or Planning Officer you will play a key role in shaping the District, balancing our strong emphasis on growth with the need to conserve and enhance our rich natural and built heritage.

About the role -                                                                     

Great planning and development is vital to our vision for the District.  We need customer focused, creative and proactive planning officers to help catalyse growth and create a real sense of place.

The successful candidates will need to be team players, be confident in their own ability and have a good understanding of current planning legislation. Good communication skills and an ability to engage with a range of stakeholders is essential.  You will process and assess a caseload of varied planning applications, preparing reports, dealing with appeals and general correspondence and provide pre-application advice on the telephone, by email and face to face.  You will be in regular contact with applicants, agents, members of the public and other users of the service and must be committed to delivering an outstanding service to all our customers.

About you -

For the role of Planning Officer you will ideally have some experience of dealing with minor and other category planning applications as well as householder applications and will be working towards Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) membership.

For the role of Senior Planning Officer you will need to already be a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or equivalent, with experience of managing a caseload of major and complex planning applications including negotiating s106 legal agreements and appeals and be able to demonstrate an ability to deliver high quality development outcomes.

Key Requirements:

Planning Officer:-

  • Strong customer service orientation and a desire to deliver exceptional levels of service at all times
  • Team player with an adaptable and flexible approach.
  • Ability to work on own initiative to tight deadlines
  • Ability to negotiate successful outcomes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Full driving licence and access to transport
  • Availability to attend evening Committee meetings
  • Ability to undertake site visits to remote rural locations

Senior Planning Officer (in addition to the key requirements for Planning Officer):-

  • Significant development control experience in urban and rural issues
  • Experienced of appearing at Informal Hearings and Public Inquiries and managing a caseload of complex/ contentious planning applications
  • Full RTPI Membership
  • Recognised qualification in Town Planning
  • Educated to Degree level

Key Skills and Knowledge:

Senior Planning Officer & Planning Officer:-

  • Good knowledge of planning law and practice
  • Good IT skills (MS windows and MS Office environment)
  • Good oral and written communication
  • Team work
  • Report writing

Additional Information:

There will be a requirement to travel within the District with flexibility to attend evening meetings on occasion.

To discuss the post or for further information, please call Duncan Rudge tel. 01684 862318 or email [email protected] or Stuart Castle tel. 01684 862314 or email [email protected]

Closing date:27th January 2019

Interview date - Senior Planning Officer: 7th February 2019

Interview date – Planning Officer: 13th February 2019

To apply please visit WM Jobs website by clicking on the 'APPLY BUTTON' the link below will take you through to each vacancy. 

Senior Planning Officer

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