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Development Management Officer

South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs Centre, Midhurst
£24,039 to £28,000 (subject to qualification & experience)
Closing date
9 Jun 2019

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The South Downs National Park offers a unique and fulfilling environment in which to develop a planning career.  As a Development Management Officer you will have a case load of householder and other planning applications where the Authority delivers the planning service directly.

Position: Development Management Officer
Location: South Downs Centre, Midhurst
Salary: £24,039 to £28,000 (subject to qualification & experience)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Type of post: Permanent

You will travel to the application sites, assess the planning issues and make recommendations to the team leader and on occasion to the planning committee. You will also liaise with a wide variety of consultees inside the Authority, including our national park rangers, and external bodies.

This is a career grade post and ideally we are looking for applicants with some development management experience of dealing with planning applications and enquiries.  However if you have a planning related qualification and desire to kick start your career in Planning or want to move from a private consultancy position this could be a suitable opportunity.  In all instances the SDNPA offers support in gaining a professional qualification to become a chartered member of the RTPI.

Starting salary and future progression will depend on level of qualification and experience and competency in the role. So if you are looking to start your career in planning or have some experience and want to develop you knowledge and skills within the South Downs National Park dealing with a wide variety of challenging and interesting caseload of applications in a sensitive landscape, then this could be the right opportunity for you.

If this does sound like something that interests you and you think you can really add value to the role and meet the person specification, then please apply!

Closing Date: 11:30pm Sunday 9 June 2019
Interview Date: 20 June 2019

To Apply and for More Information:

If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can download the job pack and application form.

No agencies please.

To apply:  Please complete the application and monitoring form e-mailing them to [email protected].  All applications must be submitted on the SDNPA application form (CV’s will not be considered) & must reach us by 11.30pm on 9 June 2019


The South Downs National Park sits in a beautiful part of Southern England, and being in the South it is in one of the most economically vibrant areas in the UK, after London.  This means a lot of challenges for our planning team.  Working in a unique partnership with 10 local authorities within the National Park boundaries we must ensure we achieve the right balance between environmental, social and economic outcomes and that future developments in the park are managed sympathetically meeting the needs of the whole community – residents; visitors and businesses.  They must achieve all this within the framework of protecting the natural environment, diversity and unique beauty of the landscape.

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