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Planning Officer

Exmoor National Park
Dulverton, Somerset
£25,991 - £29,577 per annum
Closing date
9 Feb 2022

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Local Authority, Public sector
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Planning Officer

Exmoor House, Dulverton

About Us

Exmoor National Park is a unique and beautiful part of the country that has been shaped by nature and people over thousands of years.

The Authority plays a pivotal role in conserving and enhancing Exmoor’s stunning landscapes. We have a fantastic staff team who are skilled and committed to the best outcomes for Exmoor.

We’re currently looking for a Planning Officer to join us on a full-time basis working 37 hours per week.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £25,991 - £29,577 per annum
  • Government pension
  • Flexible and blended working
  • Family-friendly schemes
  • Paid sickness leave
  • Social events
  • 29 days’ holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays

This is a fantastic opportunity for a planning professional to join our team and play a vital role in conserving and enhancing our outstanding national park and it’s special qualities by supporting our planning function to ensure we can continue to develop and manage our incredible space.

We believe in promoting a healthy work-life balance and providing a collaborative culture where staff have the flexibility, freedom and support they need to thrive. So, if you are keen to become a valued member of our team and help us ensure Exmoor National Park remains a thriving, living landscape that everyone can enjoy, we want to hear from you!

The Role

As a Planning Officer, you will help deliver an effective, efficient and community-focused planning service across the National Park.

You will be responsible for processing planning, listed building, advertisement and other applications within statutory deadlines, checking applications, undertaking site visits where necessary, and making recommendations to the Principal Planning Officer. You will draft reports and present for planning committee consideration of an application when necessary.

Negotiating with applicants and agents where necessary, you will agree changes in design or other details in line with policy to get the best outcomes.

Proactively monitoring and checking development sites, you will ensure proposals are carried out in accordance with permissions. You will record details of all site visits and produce performance data and reports for monitoring.

You will also investigate alleged breaches of planning control under the Planning Acts and assist with interviewing complainants and witnesses. You will assess whether a breach of planning control has taken place and advise the Principal Planning Officer on action to remedy the breach.

About You

To join us as a Planning Officer, you will need:

  • An understanding of analytical techniques and the ability to undertake surveys and research activities
  • The ability to research, analyse and present work and conclusions in a systematic, clear, and relevant format
  • A professional and customer-focused approach
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, both verbal and written
  • An understanding of National Park purposes
  • Proficiency in IT, in particular, MS Office
  • To be RTPI qualified and Member or working towards/prepared to work towards RTPI qualification and Membership
  • A degree in Town and Country Planning or equivalent experience
  • A full, valid driving licence

The closing date for applications is 9th February 2022, with interviews scheduled for 17th February 2022.

Please note, we do not accept CVs.

Other organisations may call this role Planning Policy Officer, National Park Planning Officer, Rural Planning Officer, Planner, Policy & Planning Officer, or Planning Monitoring Officer.

As a service provider and local employer, Exmoor National Park Authority is committed to promoting equal opportunities and tackling social exclusion in everything it does. The Authority recognises its statutory equality duties under legislation in terms of service provision and employment and is committed to meeting them.

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