Principal Planning Officer

Selby, North Yorkshire
£37,890 per annum + car user allowance
21 Jan 2021
07 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level

Are you looking for an opportunity to begin or develop your career in planning?

We currently have the following full-time positions available:

  • Principal Planning Policy Officer.
  • Principal Planning Officer (2 posts).
  • Senior Planning Policy Officer.
  • Planning Officer (2 posts).

Applications for Job Share will be considered sympathetically.

Selby District Council has an ambition to become the best planning authority in England through a commitment to working closely and pro-actively with our customers and through the continued improvement of our services. 

The Selby District’s a great place to be.  Our market towns and picturesque villages support a great quality of life and perfect for families.  Our area is in one of the safest counties in England and we benefit from top quality education, including one of the best further education colleges in England.  House prices here are lower than our urban neighbours, which means you get more for your money.  We are well connected too, with great road and rail links to all parts of the UK.  We are also within easy reach of some of the UK’s leading cities including Leeds, York and a previous City of Culture, Hull. 

Our newly expanded Planning team has a key role to play in the future of Selby District and helping to deliver high quality development, place making and support sustainable economic growth. This includes helping to deliver some of the largest development projects in North Yorkshire. It is hard to find a more rewarding and challenging place to work than in Planning at Selby. We are the fastest growing part of North Yorkshire, with the challenge of balancing this growth whilst protecting our historic heritage and Green Belts. 

You will work alongside colleagues in Planning and our Economic Development and Regeneration teams in a local authority with a strong commitment to good planning and development, as well as with a range of external partners including North Yorkshire County Council and neighbouring Local Authorities.

We are continuing to invest in the Planning Service and are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic people to complete our team.  You may be a newly qualified planner or seeking opportunities to further develop your career. You may not currently work in planning but have qualifications in a related discipline and can demonstrate the skills and experience required for the posts.

If you are as productive as you are ambitious and collaborative as you are enterprising, this is your chance to take real ownership of your work and help us deliver our ambition to become the best planning authority in England.

The Council offers free car parking, subsidised leisure membership scheme and employee benefits scheme. A generous relocation package is also available. The Council will also support post graduate learning opportunities to assist in the development of your planning career. 

For more information on any of this event or any of our vacancies please click the apply button. 


Principal Planning Officer

2 posts available

Contract Type – Permanent

Section – Development Management

Salary Band – 4a

Annual Salary – £37,890 per annum + car user allowance

Hours – 37 per week

Reference – SEL0088-05

What’s the job?

This role will support the Planning Development Manager with responsibility for overseeing one of the three area teams within the development management function.

It involves dealing with a wide range of planning applications and appeals including attending Planning Committees and representing the authority at hearings and inquiries.

The role will also include providing advice at pre-application stage on draft development proposals, providing specialist technical advice to Elected Members, managers and staff on the service specialism, and managing staff within the service.

Who are we looking for?

You will have:

  • A degree in Planning (or a closely related subject) and be eligible for full membership of the relevant professional body.
  • Experience of development delivery issues.
  • Development management experience at senior level (in either the public or private sectors), including working on significant and complex planning applications.
  • Experience of major development projects.
  • Experience of land use planning in the public or private sectors.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.           

It would also be desirable that you have supervisory experience as you will be responsible for managing staff.