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Senior Planning Officers

Wiltshire Council
Salary: £36,371 - £38,553
Closing date
4 Aug 2022

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Interviews, offers and rejections will happen on a rolling basis. This advert will close when sufficient applications have been received. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application can be considered.

We have full-time and part-time opportunities available

We are committed to making Wiltshire a better place to live and work, enabling local residents and businesses to prosper whilst protecting what is good about our County.

To contribute to this, we are looking for permanent Senior Planning Officers to join our planning team based in Chippenham or Trowbridge. We have full-time and part-time opportunities available, and these posts offer excellent opportunities to become part of a highly motivated team who are committed to delivering quality developments and excellent customer service.

About the Role

Our challenges are wide ranging and as a result there will be plenty of opportunity to develop your experience and skills in a team busy balancing significant development pressure in a constrained area which includes Green Belt, AONB, vast numbers of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas and other sensitive environments.

As a Senior Planning Officer, you will be a key member of the planning team leading on key development projects. You will manage your own caseload of planning applications, pre-application enquiries, planning appeals, and other related activities. These will often be the more complex proposals and you will work alongside fellow professionals including both internal and external stakeholders. The Council seeks the best possible design outcomes for all projects and you will be expected to have an understanding of urban design principles and experience of their implementation.

Wiltshire is a busy planning team, responsible for determining between 6000 – 8000 planning applications each year.

About You

You will have a recognised planning qualification (degree level) and eligible for membership of Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or equivalent.

You will have expert knowledge of planning practice, procedures legislation, advice and policies or historic building and conservation practice, procedures legislation, advice and policies

The post holder should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as having the ability to work within a team to provide a high quality customer focused planning service.

Why Wiltshire Council?

Wiltshire Council’s planning team received a High Commendation at the Planning Awards

2022 for its use of digital technology in planning.

If you share our passion for making a difference, have vision and creativity, we look forward to hearing from you. Some of the great reasons to work for us include:

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days after 5 years
  • Ability to purchase an extra 20 days annual leave
  • Excellent Local Government Pension scheme
  • Free Parking at each of our hubs, as well as at a dozen other sites across Chippenham, Trowbridge, and Salisbury.
  • A work Laptop from day one
  • Truly flexible working with the ability to work remotely
  • Wiltshire Rewards, a leading staff benefits scheme which includes discounts on Shopping, Healthcare, Cashplans, and salary sacrifice schemes with Childcare Vouchers and Cycle to Work

Find out more and apply

For specific information about this job, please contact Andrew Guest - Head of Development Management, Telephone: 01225 718270. 

Please download and read the role description and person specification carefully before you apply (see below), as well as Our Identity.

You can then make your application online by clicking the apply button at the bottom of this web page. If you are submitting a CV please ensure you read our CV and cover letter criteria carefully to avoid your CV being rejected.

We are firmly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to the principles of inclusion and diversity in both employment and the delivery of services. Read our statement of commitment to equality and inclusion.

The council is a Disability Confident Employer which means we are committed to employing people with disabilities and supporting them throughout their employment with us.

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