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Principal Planner

Dover District Council
Dover, Kent
£42,186 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2022

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planner, Principal

Job Details

Principal Planner

This is a new post within a newly restructured and expanding development management section that is needed to help address a significant increase in developer and inward investment interest within the district, realise Dover’s ambitions for high quality growth and regeneration and contribute to the Council’s strategy to mitigate climate change. This is a senior role that will make a positive contribution to the shaping and delivery of the Council’s planning service.

Dover District is an exciting place to come and work, live and enjoy life. The area is steeped in history, with the iconic White Cliffs, Dover Castle and the historic coastal towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich. Leisure opportunities abound along our stunning coastline, within our vibrant and growing towns and attractive countryside, part of which includes the Kent Downs AONB. The district is amongst one of the most attractive and diverse in Kent and offers a stimulating and varied range of environments and opportunities within which to develop and advance your planning career.

Principal Planning Officer: Reporting to the Team Leader (Strategic Sites and Place), this post will play a key role in the newly established Strategic Sites Team. Having a breadth of experience in processing major planning applications and negotiating S.106 agreements with minimal supervision, you will take responsibility for your own caseload and also contribute to a development team approach focused on processing pre-application enquiries and planning applications for the Council’s strategic (plan allocation/project) sites. You will have a customer focused and proactive approach and aim to secure high quality outcomes, using PPA’s and arranging/attending Design Reviews when required and negotiating S.106 agreements. You will present cases at planning committee and at appeal and will deal with all applications in a timely way and to target. The role provides an opportunity to take on line-management responsibility to assist the Team Leader as required. Knowledge/experience of dealing with Urban Design, viability and other specialist issues aligned to this role would be an advantage.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Luke Blaskett at or on 01304 872449.

Closing Date: 13th March 2022

Interviews to be held 22nd/23rd March 2022.


Just an hour from central London on the UK’s only high speed rail link, and with unrivalled connections to Europe, Dover is a great place to live, work and play!  Exciting town centre and waterfront regeneration schemes, with new retail and leisure developments will keep you busy not only at work but also in your leisure time! 

The Dover district offers a great lifestyle choice, combining idyllic countryside with rural hamlets and villages, and a world-famous coastline dominated by the White Cliffs of Dover.  As the closest town in the UK to France, living in the Dover District also provides the opportunity for regular hops across the Channel to experience French lifestyle too!

The Dover District features some of the most vibrant seaside communities in the south east, including the bustling Port of Dover with its ferries and cruise ships, cosmopolitan Deal, and the medieval splendour of Sandwich.             

Alongside its stunning coastal and natural beauty, Dover is one of the most historic areas of the UK.  There are no less than 50 scheduled ancient monuments; 2,800 listed buildings; 57 conservation areas; and 9 historic parks and gardens. 

Dover is an exciting and diverse place to work.  Major regeneration opportunities and projects are ongoing within the District, the success of which you could contribute to. 

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01304 872121
White Cliffs Business Park
Honeywoord Road
CT16 3PF

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