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Principal Planning Officer

Rutland County Council
PO2 which is £36,922 - £39,880.
Closing date
1 Nov 2021

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Principal
Development Control, Planning
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Principal Planning Officer

Salary: PO2 which is £36,922 - £39,880

Rutland County Council are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to contribute towards the provision of a comprehensive Development Management service through their specialist skills and overall knowledge of planning and development issues. The Principal Planning Officer will provide professional and technical support as part of a comprehensive, customer-orientated planning service focused on achieving Rutland County Council’s priorities as well as working in partnership across Rutland, the Region and the Local Enterprise Partnership area. If you have a good understanding of current planning issues and legislation, experience of negotiating and monitoring Section 106 agreements and knowledge of planning policy regulations we would like to hear from you.

About you…

  • Educated to a degree level or equivalent (preferably in Planning)
  • Member of RTPI (or eligible to join)
  • A positive attitude and approach to work
  • Good organisational and analytical skills
  • Excellent report writing skills and the ability to produce effectively written documents, emails and letters

About the role…

The Principal Planning Officer is a varied role and the post holder will:

  • Support the development Manager in ensuring that all national and local performance targets for the operation of the Council’s Development Management service are met
  • Provide advice and deal with planning enquiries from elected Members, Parish Councils and members of the public
  • Act as a case officer for larger / complex applications, negotiating amendments as necessary and preparing and presenting reports to Council meetings
  • Preparing statements for planning appeals and presenting evidence at Hearings and Public Inquiries
  • Supervise staff and allocating work so as to deal with non-administrative aspects of handling planning, listed building and advertisement applications from receipt through to the drafting of recommendations to Committee.

The Principal Planning Officer interviews will be held during week commencing 8 November 2021. Please note that this may be subject to change, in which case we will give appropriate notice.

Our offer to you:

We offer work that makes a difference to people’s lives, a safe working environment; structured salary reviews; generous annual leave entitlement plus 8 days paid bank holidays; local government pension scheme; occupational health service and flexible working policies to enable you to balance work and home commitments.

Rutland County Council encourages a healthy work life balance, and we welcome discussions regarding flexible working.

Find out more:

To learn more about working with us visit or if you have any queries about this role please contact Justin Johnson, Development Manager on 01572 720950 or email: [email protected]

How to apply:

Click on the apply button which will redirect you to the Jobs Go Public (JGP site) where we handle all of our vacancies. If you already have a JGP account you will be asked to login, or alternatively if you don’t have an account you will be guided through the set up process. Access to an account is necessary as all updates regarding your application will be sent via the JGP site to the email you have registered.

If you are experiencing problems or have any queries about the application process please call us on 01572 758343 or email us at [email protected]

All recruitment correspondence, including interview details, will be sent out via email from the Jobs Go Public site. If you require documentation/correspondence in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team.

Rutland County Council is committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Everyone at Rutland County Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm.

Closing date: 1 November 2021.



Rutland from its beautiful ironstone and limestone villages to its historic towns of Oakham and Uppingham is a great place to live and work. The attractive countryside contains the stunning Rutland Water which is also a major recreational asset.

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