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Senior Development Management Officer x2 Grade 4/5

South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs Centre Midhurst
£29,430 - £40,040 (subject to qualification & experience)
Closing date
24 Jan 2021

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Manager, Officer
Development Control

Job Details

Position: Senior Development Management Officer x2 Grade 4/5

Location: South Downs Centre Midhurst

Closing Date: 24 January 2021

Interview Date: 5 February 2021

Salary: £29,430 - £40,040 (subject to qualification & experience)

Hours: 37 hours per week

Type of post: Permanent

The South Downs National Park offers a unique and fulfilling environment in which to establish your planning career. This is a challenging role and with an area covering over 100 miles from the edge of Winchester to Eastbourne, and over 5,000 applications a year to process it is easy to see why!  In addition to the size and scale of the Park we have a mix of work either being carried out in house by our South Downs Planning Teams or through host authorities on our behalf, and in this role there is the opportunity to focus on different areas for delivery. 

The South Downs is a unique National Park by virtue of the number of large settlements within its boundaries and the opportunity for a wide variety of applications including a significant number of major schemes is a key element of the role. This position offers an ideal career opportunity to gain valuable experience of a wide cross section of rural, and urban planning schemes and some complex enforcement cases, all within the unique context of a National Park. As a career grade role, your competency and progress in the post will be acknowledged and rewarded within the scheme and offers the opportunity for continuous personal development. 

If this sounds like something that interests you and you think you can really add value to the role and meet the person specification, then this could be the right next step for your planning career.

Watch this video to find out more about Planning at the South Downs National Park Authority, are you ready for a new challenge?

To apply: Please select the apply button and complete the application and monitoring forms.  All applications must be submitted on the SDNPA application form (CVs will not be considered) & must reach us by 24 January 2021.

SDNPA Enhanced Benefits

  • Local government pension scheme
  • Healthcare - includes cash plan, counselling and wellbeing discounts
  • 27 days’ annual leave, increasing to 30 days, plus bank holidays
  • Professional development support
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car sharing
  • Use of pool cars
  • Regular staff events / activities, which support the SDNPA’s Purposes and Duty 


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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