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Planning Specialists - Development Management

Lewis Davey
Taunton, Somerset
Grade F £26,470 – Grade H £37107
Closing date
28 Jun 2019
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Planning Specialists

Salary range: Grade F £26,470 – Grade H £37107

- Flexible work from home/office hours, as and when it suits you!

A new beginning

Somerset West and Taunton is one of the largest and most fascinating local authorities in the country. From the coastal communities in the north of the area, including Hinkley Point C nuclear power station – Europe’s largest construction project - through the national park of Exmoor, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Quantock Hills down to the historic county town of Taunton, the opportunities and challenges are immense.

The new council was formed earlier this year from Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. It follows a period of significant change in approach, staffing, structure and even office space.

There is a fresh vigour and ambition under a new CEO, with innovative strategies emerging to make Somerset West and Taunton a great place to live, work and invest. A key part of this vision is to deliver quality, pioneering new infrastructure and major developments. 

The Roles

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our forward-thinking and dynamic Development Management department. We are an ambitious authority looking to deliver growth, provide innovative and high-quality developments.

Our structure is somewhat different to what you would be used to, gone is the multiple tiers of planning titles replaced with a progressive structure that allows you to work as a Planning Specialist in your own right at different levels within.

We have opportunities in Development Management for what you will be more familiar known as Planning Officers through to Principal Planners. The salary ranges for these Planning Specialist positions are from: Grade F £26,470 – Grade H £37107

Becoming a Planning Specialist (Grade F) will mean that you will manage a caseload of planning applications and on occasion need to present to planning committee. 

At the higher grade (H) the complexity of applications will be greater plus the need to appear at committee and a greater likelihood that you would be required to give evidence to planning appeals too. There may also be mentoring and supporting responsibilities that go with this more senior role as well.

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate an adaptable and flexible approach, a positive attitude and an ability to work on your own initiative. You will need to be organised and self-motivated but also a good team player.

The opportunities are endless, we really can take your unique situation and identify a clear career path around other responsibilities you may have outside of work.

The Environment

2019 will be a very special year for Taunton as we host the cricket World Cup with many games and nationalities spanning across the summer!

Known for its famous Cricket ground, the centre of Taunton is a diverse beautiful town with a river running directly through. It has many quaint cafes, bars and restaurants which make this a great place to live and work!

With our newly refurbished offices in Taunton Centre and the mainline Train Station just two minutes’ walk from our offices, you can go direct to Exeter in 23 minutes, Castle Cary in under 40 minutes and Bristol in just 30 minutes making working here hard to beat!

We are a new Local Authority who are building a new culture, that coupled with a genuine supporting of working from home/office this could be the perfect opportunity for you and your family.


How to apply

Please send your CV via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button below or to our recruitment partner, Lewis Davey, at [email protected]. If you have any queries you can call Robert Hanks on 07855 276123 or 020 7859 4246. All discussions are confidential. 



Lewis Davey is a specialist Town Planning Recruitment Consultancy and has been appointed to manage the application process for all candidates. With over 20 years of Planning Recruitment experience and our ability to obtain direct answers to your queries, we ensure that your questions are quickly answered, and you get the information you need to start your application immediately. We are here to help facilitate the recruitment process. 


Lewis Davey is a leading, specialist Town Planning recruitment consultancy. Our team has over 15 years’ experience of working and placing candidates within the built environment. We engage with both the private and public sectors of planning, and take on genuinely interesting and inspiring opportunities. We use our extensive knowledge of the sector to match candidates with their dream job,  and help to create the perfect opportunities. It is our goal to assist both our candidates and our clients during this process, and we offer professional, unbiased advice for all parties. We proactively assist candidates to find roles at all levels from Planning Assistant to Planning Director.

Call Shaun Lewis 0207 859 4246 or email [email protected] to find out more about our active opportunites, or arrange a consultation on longer term career prospects.

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27 Old Gloucester Street
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