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Lake District National Park Authority
Hybrid – office base at Kendal, Cumbria, LA9
£20,853 to £33,220 (depending on experience, knowledge and qualifications)
Closing date
28 Nov 2021

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Local Authority
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Development Control, Planning
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Term: Full time, permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week (part-time considered)

Location: Hybrid – office base at Kendal, Cumbria, LA9

Salary: £20,853 to £33,220 (depending on experience, knowledge and qualifications)

Would you like to work in one of England’s finest landscapes and a World Heritage Site?  

We’re looking for a Planner to join our active Development Management team to help deliver a high quality planning service. You’ll be based at our head office, in the thriving market town of Kendal on the edge of the Lake District.

You’ll have previous development management experience dealing with either planning applications or compliance, you will be readily able to take on your own casework.

Salary on appointment is dependent upon experience, knowledge and skill. We’ll consider reduced hours for the right candidate.

What it’s like to work here

Development Management includes our Planners, Trees and Woodlands Officer and team of support staff. The team handles all aspects of planning casework in the national park, including planning applications, tree work applications, enforcement and pre-application advice. You’ll have the chance to work on a diverse and interesting range of projects within the National Park.

You’ll be combining home-working and days at the office. You’ll be provided with a laptop to enable you to access our secure IT network for remote working.

The role

If you’re interested in a planning application role you’ll handle a diverse caseload covering all aspects of development management. You’ll make recommendations (including presentation at Committee), and represent the Authority at appeal as appropriate.

If you’re interested in a compliance role you’ll handle a wide range of enforcement work, investigating alleged breaches of control, making recommendations on the expediency of action, preparing formal notices where necessary. You’ll represent the Authority at appeal or in court as needed. Ideally we are looking for someone with the ability to handle more significant and contentious casework.

About you

You’re highly organised and used to dealing with a range of tasks and deadlines.

You’ll demonstrate strong analytical ability, be able to balance relevant considerations, and reach well-reasoned conclusions. You will be a great communicator and able negotiator, who cares about sustaining the future of the National Park’s spectacular living and working landscape, rich built and cultural heritage, and its diverse natural environment.


Working with us, you’ll enjoy:

  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Electric car and Cycle to Work schemes
  • Flexible working to suit you
  • Paid time off so you can volunteer
  • Subsidised healthcare scheme

See our website for a complete list of our employee benefits.


For an informal chat, please contact Andrew Smith (Assistant Head of Development Management) on 01539 792660 or David McGowan (Head of Development Management) on 01539 792651.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy sooner than the closing date if we receive sufficient applications.

Closing date: Sunday 28 November at 11.59pm

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