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Principal Planning Officer (Major Development, Development Management)

Uttlesford District Council
Grade 10 £43,857 rising to £46,845
Closing date
29 Sep 2021

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Working for an authority who invests in your professional development!

An exciting time to join our Team. We are taking the best principles of town planning and applying the technology of the future to create environmentally sustainable places. Planning so that future communities can enjoy a high quality of life with decent affordable housing. If you want to be part of this work then please read on …..

Two new roles have been created within the Development Management team, to achieve quality place making outcomes for the existing and future communities which will be created in our District.

The roles will be demanding yet varied and rewarding. The roles will work towards providing development which has taken into consideration the need to address climate change, as well as affordability and infrastructure needs. The postholders will be a key member of the Team, taking responsibility for their own caseload as well as positively contributing to the Development Management Team. You will lead on major planning applications and will have substantial experience in negotiating and formulating Planning Performance Agreements, lead on pre-application discussions, processing complex planning applications, negotiating s106 agreements and providing excellent customer service.

The role will also require you to be the lead on major planning appeals, including public inquiries.  You will also be expected to provide support and mentoring to Junior Members of the Development Management Team and deputise for the Team Leader in their absence.

The role holder is required to be a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

To be successful in this role you must have excellent interpersonal and IT skills.  You will also have a confident methodical and organised approach to your workload, be calm under pressure with the ability to work to strict deadlines.

Benefit package for the above post includes:

  • Hybrid Working
  • Paid holidays
  • Contributory Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexitime
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Vine extras – Employee discount scheme

For an informal discussion please contact Maria Shoesmith Team Leader (North) on 01799 510556 or William Allwood Team Leader (South) on 01799 510495.

If you are interested in this position, please apply via our online recruitment link which is available on our website

Closing date for completed applications is Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Interviews will be held week commencing 11 October 2021

CVs will not be accepted.

We positively welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

Please note that currently, staff who are able to, are temporarily working from home due to Covid-19.  However, there may be certain tasks/situations which will require you to work in the office as and when necessary.  These arrangements will be reviewed when Government advice changes and/or the Council agrees new way of working.  Your working arrangements will be as directed by your Line Manager.


Uttlesford is an attractive district in North Essex which contains a very high number of important listed buildings and conservation areas. The district is under considerable development pressures and is currently responding positively to the Government’s growth agenda.

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