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Senior Planning Officer

Three Rivers District Council
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Up to £34,373 per annum plus £914 London Weighting and essential car user allowance
Closing date
30 May 2022

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Central Government
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About us

Three Rivers District in South West Hertfordshire straddles the northwest corner of the M25 on the edge of Greater London. The district is a mixture of beautiful countryside, villages and small towns. The area has a diverse range of sectors and businesses and is a centre for the film industry with Warner Brothers at Leavesden forming part of a studio cluster along with Elstree and Pinewood is a short drive away.

At a glance

  • 700 historic assets and 22 conservation areas, 77% of the district is in the Green Belt
  • 1,914 NNDR registered businesses with the economy providing 39,000 jobs
  • Very low crime rate
  • The district ranks highly for business registrations and start-ups with a highly skilled and trained workforce, high employment levels with GVA and weekly earnings above average

The Department
The Economic & Sustainable Development Team is responsible for the preparation of the local plan, neighbourhood planning, annual monitoring reports, heritage assets, the community infrastructure levy and the South West Herts joint strategic plan.

The role
This is a key role in helping to deliver the Three Rivers Local Plan and delivering many of the community's aspirations including more sustainable development, affordable housing and local jobs. You will assist in taking forward our local plan and help deliver our community infrastructure levy and a range of planning documents. Your key tasks will include analysing a range of data, carrying out research and monitoring, helping to draft new policy and providing policy advice. Please look on our website for further information.

What we are looking for
We are looking to appoint a qualified town planner with at least three years' experience in a local plan policy environment with good project management skills. In addition, some knowledge or experience of strategic transportation, economic development and building conservation would be an advantage, though not essential. You will need to be enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to communicate positively with a range of stakeholders. You will also be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines and be IT literate. Knowledge and experience of using GIS would be an advantage.

What we offer
Salary: Up to £34,373 per annum plus £914 London Weighting and essential car user allowance

We offer an excellent benefits package, including competitive salary, 28 days’ holiday, rising to 30 days (if applicable), a generous employer contribution pension scheme, life assurance, flexible working, career development, free on-site parking, cycle-to-work scheme, discounted leisure centre membership, employee volunteering schemes and access to discounted activities and days out.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Kimberley Rowley, Head of Regulatory Services.

A basic DBS / Enhanced DBS check will be carried out for this post.

Other organisations may call this role Senior Project Officer, Project Manager, Town Infrastructure Project Manager, Town Planning Project Manager, Transport Planning Project Manager, Engineering Project Officer, or Engineering Project Manager.

Webrecruit and Three Rivers District Council are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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Closing date: 30th May 2022.



Three Rivers District Council is a high achieving organisation at the leading edge of public services. Our aims are for accessible, responsive services and building a quality environment. The Development Management Service continues to strive for excellence and investment in the service development and ICT is central to our continuing success.

On the fringe of London, the District is experiencing significant development pressure, with a variety of planning applications.  The District has an excellent built and natural environment, many Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and major areas of Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We look to promote the highest standards of design through development negotiations and pro-active work

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