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Principal Planning Officer

South Downs National Park Authority
Lewes, East Sussex
£42,461 to £46,706, plus potential £5k
Closing date
17 Oct 2021
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Position: Principal Planning Officer (Lewes)

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

Closing Date: 17 October 2021

Interview Date: 2 November 2021

Salary: £42,461 to £46,706, plus potential £5k

Hours: 37 hours per week

Type of post: Permanent

This new development management role is based in Lewes in East Sussex focussing on providing support and guidance to the Lewes District Council planning team who work jointly with the South Downs National Park Authority across this eastern area of the National Park.

The attractive county town of Lewes lies within the eastern part of the South Downs National Park which stretches from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east making it the third largest national park in England. By virtue of the size of the Park and its resident population (about 120,000) there are a number of large settlements within its boundaries, including Lewes itself and Petersfield, and this environment affords the opportunity for a wide ranging scope of work.

As one of the largest planning authorities in England with over 5,000 applications a year, we offer a unique and fulfilling environment to pursue your career in quite simply some of the most beautiful locations in the south of England. The successful candidate would carry a diverse and interesting caseload of urban and rural planning work, including major applications and appeals.

We welcome applicants who have experience of development management and if you are adaptable, looking for an interesting challenge and you meet the person specification, we would love to hear from you. In return we can offer you training, support and interesting work to really help your career flourish.

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 visit our website to complete the application and monitoring form.  All applications must be submitted on the SDNPA application form (CVs will not be considered) & must reach us by 17 October 2021.

SDNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age.

We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled applicants.

In all circumstances the SDNPA appoints on merit based on evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

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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