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Principal Planning Officer

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils
South Norfolk House, Long Stratton; Thorpe Lodge, Norwich; Working across South Norfolk and Broadland Districts
£42,439 - £47,587 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2022

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Join a growing team to deliver a growing place! 

South Norfolk and Broadland Council have an ambitious growth agenda with some significant projects to deliver including large scale residential schemes and urban extensions, key employment sites including enterprise zones, and an emerging local plan for Greater Norwich to deliver against. We recognise that the key to our success is our multi-disciplinary team and we are seeking to grow and expand our existing team.

This is a unique opportunity to drive, shape, influence and be at the forefront of creating high quality places and sustainable new communities.  We have various roles available in our newly expanded Development Management team covering a wide range of differing expertise, skills and experience to deal with the scale and level of work coming into the team.

What you could be part of…        

We are an ambitious organisation and a dynamic, forward thinking, and proactive multi-disciplinary Development Management team; seeking to deliver against the growth agenda, shaping and creating sustainable communities and protecting and enhancing our rich cultural heritage and landscape.

Covering two council areas around the city of Norwich we have a large growth agenda to deliver against.  The two Councils receive circa 4000 planning applications year, covering a diverse area including urban areas, rural areas and vibrant market towns, and serve approximately 260,000 residents and 10,000 businesses across 161 parishes.  Our work therefore encompasses both urban and rural planning, residential, retail, commercial and agricultural development.

We also have a significant number of large-scale sites and projects to deliver across the two council areas including:

  • Local Development Orders for employment areas to stimulate further economic growth;
  • A number of Development Consent Orders for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) including renewable energy, power distribution and highways projects;
  • Large urban extensions at various stages of the planning process; a number of growing and high profile employment areas and sites

To respond to the number and scale of applications and projects we are looking to expand our Development Management team in addition to creating a new Strategic Growth team that will focus specifically on large scale projects. The following vacancies are available, to apply please visit our jobs website:

  • Area Planning Team Manager (Grade H, £47,588 - £53,011 pro rata, per annum)
  • Principal Planning Officer (Grade G, £42,439 - £47,587 pro rata, per annum)
  • Planning Officer (Grade D, £27,577 - £32,392 pro rata, per annum)
  • Graduate Planning Officer (apprentice) (Grade C, £25,911 pro rata, per annum)
  • Landscape Architect (Grade F, £36,936 - £42,438 pro rata, per annum)
  • Ecology, Biodiversity and Tree Manager (Grade F, £36,936 - £42,438 pro rata, per annum)
  • Assistant Conservation and Tree Officer (Grade C, £23,494 - £27,576 pro rata, per annum)
  • Design Officer (Grade E, £32,393 - £36,935 pro rata, per annum)
  • Heritage Officer (0.5 FTE) (Grade F, £36,936 - £42,438 pro rata, per annum)

Role snapshot:

Principal Planning Officer:

  • To facilitate and encourage the delivery of the growth of the district as set out in the planning policies and ensure the growth meets all councils’ policy and aims and objectives.
  • To determine and advise on major and complex applications.

Essential Requirements:

  • Qualified to degree level in planning or related discipline.
  • Chartered Membership of the RTPI or within 1 year chartered membership.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Significant and demonstrable post qualification experience of development 
  • Management within a local authority or private practice

What’s in it for you…

Why Work For Us?

Do you want to know more about why our staff work for us? Our website has a fantastic why work for us section where our staff tell us what makes working for the Councils so special.

What Flexible and Hybrid Working Arrangements do we Offer?

The Councils understand the importance of operating a work life balance in the modern world. The Councils operate a flexible working policy and hybrid working options are available for employees where operationally possible.

Where Are We Located?

Plan your travel route and find out where the Council office sites are located?

Our website has an amazing interactive map showing all our Council sites and the travel and route plan for each.

 What Roles Do the Councils Offer?

The Councils operate a vast and diverse number of services for our residents, so with this comes a vast and diverse amount of job roles within the Councils. Our website has a great graphic showing all our job families and roles within the Councils. From here you can plan your career with the Councils or get some ideas on other roles that you may be interested in.

What Benefits do our Employees Receive?

View all our amazing staff benefits on offer for our employees. Our website has a brilliant benefits section allowing you to see the range of discounts, exclusive offers and total rewards our employees receive. Make sure you stop by to find out more information.

What Employer Accreditations do we Hold?

The Councils have a range of employer accreditations that we have worked very hard to achieve. Our website has a full descriptive list of all our current accreditations and what this means for our employees.

What Wellbeing Support do our Staff Have Access to?

The Councils want to ensure all our employees have a safe comfortable place to work, ensuring that employees feel empowered to actively manage their own wellbeing both at work and at home. The Councils have a large wellbeing section available on the website outlining our commitment to the wellbeing of the employees of the Council.

Please refer to the attached Role Profiles for further insights and job specifications.

If you have any questions about the roles available please contact Tracy Lincoln via email,  

Closing date: 15 July 2022 at 11:30 PM

Interview date: Week commencing 25 July 2022

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