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Principal Planning Officer

Rutland County Council
Oakham, Rutland
£39,493 to £42,503
Closing date
3 Mar 2023

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Principal Planning Officer

Salary: £39,493 to £42,503

Rutland County Council are looking for a Principal Planning Officer to be responsible for a small team of officers and contribute towards the provision of a comprehensive Development Management service through their specialist skills and overall knowledge of planning and development issues.

If you have a good understanding of current planning issues and legislation, experience of negotiating and monitoring Section 106 agreements and knowledge of planning policy regulations, we would like to hear from you.

About the role…
The Principal Planning Officer will provide professional and technical support as part of a comprehensive, customer-orientated planning service focused on achieving Rutland County Council’s priorities as well as working in partnership across Rutland, the Region, and the Local Enterprise Partnership area. Other duties include:

  • Support the development Manager in ensuring that all national and local performance targets for the operation of the Council’s Development Management service are met.
  • Provide advice and deal with planning enquiries from elected Members, Parish Councils, and members of the public.
  • Act as a case officer for larger / complex applications, negotiating amendments as necessary and preparing and presenting reports to Council meetings.
  • Preparing statements for planning appeals and presenting evidence at Hearings and Public
  • Inquiries Supervise staff and allocating work to deal with non-administrative aspects of handling planning, listed building and advertisement applications from receipt through to the drafting of recommendations to Committee.
  • Deputise for the Development Manager in their absence.

About you…

  • Educated to a degree level or equivalent (preferably in Planning)
  • Member of RTPI (or eligible to join)
  • A positive attitude and approach to work
  • Good organisational and analytical skills
  • Excellent report writing skills and the ability to produce effectively written documents, emails and letters.

The Principal Planning Officer interviews will be held week commencing 13th March 2023.

Please be advised this could be subject to change, in which case we will give appropriate notice.

We will be reviewing applications on a regular basis and inviting those who meet our essential person specification criteria to interview. If you’re interested in this role, we strongly encourage you to apply without delay.

Our offer to you:

Rutland Council is committed to Flexible Working and understands the benefits of supporting employees to manage their work and life balance, whilst meeting the needs of the service.

We are committed to supporting and empowering our staff to be the best workers that they can be and Rutland Council is the place you want to be.    Our benefits go beyond the salary – being part of a great team, excellent Local Government Pension, generous annual leave, opportunities to learn and develop your career, and a demonstrable commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff.

Whilst the base for this post is Oakham, Rutland, the Local Authority offers a hybrid working practice. As well as working from home, we feel it is important that you have the opportunity to spend time in the workplace with your colleagues to help you learn, develop, and engage.

Find out more:

To learn more about working with us visit or if you have any queries about this role please contact Justin Johnson – Development Manager on 01572 720950 or at

How to apply:

Click on the apply button which will redirect you to the Jobs Go Public (JGP site) where we handle all our vacancies. If you already have a JGP account you will be asked to login, or alternatively if you don’t have an account, you will be guided through the set up process. Access to an account is necessary, as all updates regarding your application will be sent via the JGP site to the email you have used to register.

If you are experiencing problems or have any queries about the application process, please call us on 01572 728269 or email us at

All recruitment correspondence, including interview details, will be sent out via email from the Jobs Go Public site. If you require documentation/correspondence in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team.

Rutland County Council is committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Everyone at Rutland County Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm.

Closing date: 03 March 2023 @ 23:59




Rutland from its beautiful ironstone and limestone villages to its historic towns of Oakham and Uppingham is a great place to live and work. The attractive countryside contains the stunning Rutland Water which is also a major recreational asset.

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