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Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone, Kent
up to £40,800 including salary, car allowance and market supplement
Closing date
30 May 2022

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Planning, Heritage
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Pride in our Borough: A Borough that works for everyone

Maidstone is situated in the heart of Kent and is the county town.  The urban centre has a strong commercial and retail base with good transport links but is set in a generally rural area, which includes the Kent Downs and the Kent Low Weald AONBs.  The borough is fortunate to benefit from a richly diverse and valued landscape and has 41 conservation areas, over 1000 Tree Preservation Orders and 15 historic parks and gardens.  In recent years Maidstone has experienced unprecedented growth and we are in a great position to shape this growth with a genuine commitment to respecting the character and heritage of the borough and achieving high quality design.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated professional to join the Heritage, Landscape and Design team, a small but busy multi-disciplinary team dealing with trees, landscape and the built environment.

We are looking for someone with a wide knowledge and experience of plants and their identification, who is passionate about the environment and can work effectively with partners and customers and enjoys collaborating and negotiating in the context of environmental protection and new development proposals.

Your varied workload will include carrying out investigations of alleged breaches of planning control, deciding and undertaking appropriate action to remedy the breach and to support the work of the Landscape/Tree Officers.  A background in investigative work and experience of local government planning and development management is desirable.

You will need to have a degree, or equivalent work related experience, in Landscape Architecture, Arboriculture, Horticulture, Planning or a related subject and be a member, or would qualify for membership, of the Landscape Institute, Arboricultural Association, Chartered Institute of Horticulture or an equivalent professional body.  Good communication skills are vital, as is the ability to prepare and present expert evidence at Committee meetings, court hearings and public inquiries. A full driving licence is essential and ideally you should also be able to demonstrate experience of providing specialist advice within a local authority and planning context. 

If you feel you meet the requirements of the post and are ready for a new and exciting challenge in a progressive ambitious Local Authority, then we’d like to hear from you.

Working in Maidstone you’ll also be less than an hour from London by train and have all that Kent can offer at your fingertips. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills and experience within an organisation that prides itself on supporting its staff. We encourage staff to undertake vocational and technical training, including management and leadership programmes.  In addition to learning & development, we also offer many flexible working opportunities, including job share, flexi time, nine-day fortnight, compressed hours and of course home working.

The Council considers that all roles should be able to communicate clearly and concisely.

Maidstone Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.

This is a full time position on a permanent contract, with opportunities for home and office working under the Council’s new hybrid working arrangements.

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Deanne Cunningham on 01622 602721

Interview Date: TBC

Council Benefits:  career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, flexible working (including opportunities for home working and job share), employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement.


Maidstone is a place with a lot going on. With an investment budget of £6 million and provision for regeneration projects of £1.8 million this year the Council is committed to ambitious regeneration and development of the borough – protecting the unique character of our historic urban centres and stunning rural settings, while encouraging and supporting responsible and sustainable economic growth. 

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