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AONB Planning Officer

Herefordshire Council
£34,373 - £38,553
Closing date
15 Nov 2022

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Local Authority
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level

Contract: Permanent 

Hours: 37 hours per week, (Job Share Considered)

Salary: £34,373 - £38,553 (pay award pending) per annum 

Location: The successful candidate will be expected to work sometimes at the Malvern Hills AONB office (Malvern, Worcestershire) and sometimes at the Wye Valley AONB office (Monmouth, Monmouthshire). The two offices are 33 miles apart. He/she will also be able to work from home. Exact arrangements to be agreed. 

Deadline for applications: midnight 15th November 2022

Interviews TBC

Are you a Planning, Landscape or Design professional with a passion for landscape, nature and cultural heritage?  Do you want to use this expertise to help to conserve and enhance two outstanding designated landscapes and to help those who live, visit or work in these areas to understand why they are so special? 

You will be working within the Malvern Hills and Wye Valley AONB Units, small friendly teams of diverse specialists which support partnerships of local authorities with land in the AONBs, Defra, Natural England and organisations representing farming, forestry and community interests.

You will help to deliver the statutory Management Plans for these AONBs, taking a lead on all planning matters, both development management and strategic.  You will need strong and effective relationships with a range of external partners including local authority councillors and officers, developers, community groups and colleagues from other protected landscapes.

Information about the AONBs can be found at: (website being worked on)

For more information about the role and to apply visit:

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Manager, tel: 01600 710842 email: or Paul Esrich, Malvern Hills AONB Manager, tel: 01905 845057 email:  

We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

•Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;

•Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and

•Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care.     

Benefits with Herefordshire Council

•Holidays: 25 days per year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service

•Pension: LGS pension scheme

•Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

• We also offer an employee assistance programme that means you will have access to confidential support and advice if you ever need it.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.

To apply, please submit your CV along with a supporting statement, referring to the job description and person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:

About Us

Herefordshire Council:

Herefordshire Council was established in April 1998 and took over the responsibilities of South Herefordshire District Council, Hereford City Council and Hereford-Worcester County Council and some of Leominster District Council and Malvern Hills District Council.

Herefordshire Council's ambitions are set out in full in our county plan. They focus on the key areas of environment, community and economy and are to:

  • Protect and enhance our environment and keep Herefordshire a great place to live
  • Strengthen communities to ensure everyone lives well and safely together
  • Support an economy which builds on the county's strengths and resources

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