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Arun District Council
Arun, West Sussex
Starting salary dependent on qualifications and experience
Closing date
31 Jan 2022

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Salary: Scale 10 (£36,922 to £38,890 per annum – 37 hours per week (CURRENTLY WITH £4,650 annual market supplement – subject to review)

Starting salary dependent on qualifications and experience

Casual car user allowance. Based at the Civic Centre, Littlehampton

Are you looking for a new challenge? If so, Arun District Council are seeking a motivated and driven planner to join the team. Arun is a District with a vision to be a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit. The District features coastal towns, including Bognor Regis and Littlehampton with their seaside heritage and regeneration schemes, and the historic market town of Arundel, which acts as a gateway to the South Downs National Park.

Arun is undergoing a significant transformation with the adopted Local Plan seeking to secure the delivery of over 20,000 homes by 2031 as well as significant employment growth. This is an exciting time in Arun and any planner seeking a challenge or looking to make the next big step in their career will be provided with the necessary support and opportunity to develop professionally.

We currently have a vacancy for a Principal Planning Officer in the Directorate of Place.

The Principal Planning Officer position is within the Strategic Development Team, who deal with major planning applications for housing developments (300 – 2,500 homes) and large scale employment allocations. 

This is a truly exciting opportunity for any planner looking for the opportunity to develop key skills and gain experience of dealing with major and large scale planning applications. The successful candidate will be provided with the opportunity to gain significant experience of dealing with major applications. Preferably you will have experience of dealing with major and more complex applications as well as negotiating with applicants.  However, we will consider applications from those who have not got this level of experience on the basis that we will look to provide appropriate training and support to achieve this.   

You will play an integral role within the planning department of Arun District Council to deliver high quality communities for the future and deliver the vision of the Local Plan.

This position has an extensive amount of public contact, presentation of items at Committee, attendance at public meetings, hearings and other meetings as required.  Some out of office hours working is part of the job requirement. 

The successful candidate will be a strong communicator with good problem solving skills and a sound understanding of the development management process.

For an informal discussion about the vacancy, please contact Claire Potts, Strategic Development Team Leader, on 01903 737698.

We offer in return:

  • Up to 21 days paid annual leave (subject to continuous service) plus paid Bank Holidays - PLUS Flexi-Time including an opportunity to accrue a further 12 days flexi leave per year
  • Free membership at local leisure centres
  • Excellent Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work discount/Christmas Savings/Save As You Earn Schemes
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including on site exercise classes, free health checks, free eye tests and an option to pay into a Simplyhealth Care plan
  • Training and Development Opportunities

Flexible working will be considered.  We are currently working a hybrid arrangement of both home and office working, which could be considered on a longer term basis for those who prefer this, subject to the requirement to attend site visits, as well as Committee meetings and briefings held at the office approximately once a month.

Further information and application forms can be downloaded from our website at, or obtained from the Human Resources Section, Arun District Council, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5LF, or sent by post by contacting the 24 hour recruitment line.

Telephone: 01903 737727 / FAX: 01903 713606 / MINICOM: 01903 732765

(24 hour recruitment line)

CLOSING DATE:              MONDAY, 31 JANUARY 2022                     



Arun is a District of 150,000 people, geographically located midway between the cities of Portsmouth and Brighton.  It incorporates the three main towns of Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton which are nestled between 20 miles of coastline and the South Downs National Park. 

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01903 737698
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
BN17 5LF
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