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Principal Planner (Policy and Delivery)

East Suffolk Council
East Suffolk Council, Lowestoft NR33 0EQ or Melton IP12 1RT with agile working
£42,614 - £46,662 per annum
Closing date
24 Jun 2022

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Would you like to help shape the future of East Suffolk? We are currently looking for a motivated Principal Planner to join our Planning Policy and Delivery Team.

With a population of a quarter of a million people, East Suffolk is a large and diverse district, ranging from the significant port towns of Felixstowe and Lowestoft, to picturesque market towns, to stunning countryside and coastline, with a substantial part of the area falling within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is an exciting time to join us in East Suffolk.

There are ambitious plans for growth coming forward across the district such as the delivery of large scale new garden neighbourhoods/villages, regeneration of Lowestoft waterfront and economic growth including through Freeport East, alongside a high number of nationally significant energy and infrastructure projects (such as the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station, various offshore wind farms and the Gull Wing crossing in Lowestoft).

Alongside this, the delivery of a variety of residential and employment development sites identified in our two Local Plans, enhancing and sustaining market towns, supporting rural areas and addressing coastal change are just some of the planning challenges and opportunities in the district.

Working for East Suffolk Council, you will therefore be involved in a wide range and breadth of planning issues, with growth needing to be carefully implemented alongside protecting and enhancing the district’s special character and environment.

Further, the intention to deliver major changes to the national planning system which have just been announced by the Government means it really is an exciting time to come and work with us.

Reporting directly to the Planning Manager (Policy, Delivery and Specialist Services), and working with three other Principal Planners, you will lead on the preparation, monitoring, implementation and interpretation of Local Plans, Supplementary Planning Documents and other related guidance and documents, as well as taking a lead role in supporting communities to prepare and deliver Neighbourhood Plans. You will also lead and manage planning professionals and support staff in the team.

You will be an enthusiastic and committed individual with relevant experience, who has the ability to deliver, lead and motivate in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. You should possess a relevant recognised accredited degree in Town and Country Planning as well as full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all of the essential requirements, we want to hear from you and look forward to having the opportunity to consider your application.

The majority of our teams are working in an agile way, with a mixture of home and office working. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements if you were the successful candidate, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

Why work for us?

East Suffolk Council is a great place to work and there are lots of benefits our employees can access. To find out more about why we are so proud of East Suffolk Council, take a look at our video and hear why our employees think it is such a great place to work.

Here are some of the main benefits:

  • Great opportunities for training and development
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 24 days a year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays)
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking (for when you are working in the office) 
  • Discounts on mobile phones, computers, holiday and travel, fashion and clothing, health and beauty and many other products and services.

Please see our benefits brochure for further information

To find out more

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Andrea McMillan on (01394) 444567.

Closing date: 1pm, 24 June 2022.

Interview date: w/c 11 July 2022.


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