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Planning Officer

Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, Plymouth, Devon
Grade H - I (£36,298 - £46,549)
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Local Authority, Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Level
Officer, Planner
Planning, Town Planning

Job Details

Planning Officer

Grade H - I (£36,298 - £46,549)

Planning Officer Role Profile

There is no better time to join one of the best planning services in the Country as we invest for the future. At Plymouth City Council, planning is recognised as playing a critical role in helping to tackle climate change and deliver our City’s bold growth ambitions. We’re keen to accelerate the pace of delivery in these areas and to build the capability and capacity across the service to embrace the changes and challenges ahead.

An opportunity has arisen within the Strategic Developments Team, in our Development Management division, dealing with a variety of multi-million-pound urban regeneration projects and other strategic developments within the cities’ growth areas, which includes our historic city centre and iconic waterfront area.

By joining Plymouth City Council you will not only become a key part of our multi-award winning planning service, but you can also enjoy an amazing quality of life in Britain’s Ocean City with close access to local beaches, countryside and Dartmoor National Park.

The opportunity

 As a senior grade Planning Officer you will deal with a diverse caseload of major planning applications, including leading on the delivery of a number of strategic key site allocations in our Joint Local Plan. The roles include negotiating complex planning applications, S106 agreements and pre-application enquiries. The role will also require adopting a proactive approach to the planning process, including the use of Planning Performance Agreements. You will be working with key stakeholders and partners in the city, providing advice to customers and elected members, presenting at Planning Committee and representing the LPA at appeal. You will be a fully qualified planner with considerable experience as a case officer and a proven track record in meeting targets and providing outstanding customer service. You will be expected to be able to work independently and as part of a supportive team.

Membership, or eligibility for membership, of the RTPI or an appropriate professional institute is essential.

What we can offer you

Plymouth City Council won the MJ award for Local Authority of the Year in 2021 and alongside the professional opportunities, we can also offer a comprehensive range of benefits:

  • Payment of Professional Institute membership fees, including RTPI
  • Flexible and agile working to promote a healthy work/life balance
  • Leave entitlement starting at 26 days plus bank holidays, rising to 31 days and the option to apply to purchase more.
  • Flexi-time scheme which means you can accrue up to an extra day off each month.
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Opt-in benefits, such as salary sacrifice bikes and local and national discounts on shopping, leisure, holidays and much more.

For more information on the roles or an informal discussion, please contact either: Katherine Graham, Strategic Developments Manager on 01752 307342 or

Kate Saunders, Area Planning Manager on 01752 305451 or

Carly Francis, Area Planning Manager on 01752 304375 or

Closing date: 10th December 2023.




Plymouth City Council is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of age, care experience, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, sex or sexual orientation.        




As part of our commitment to promoting equality we offer guaranteed interviews to those who meet the essential criteria and are considered disabled, care experienced or are an Armed Forces Service Leaver within the last two years.



Plymouth is a spectacular waterfront city which is seeing many exciting changes as it delivers its ambitious growth agenda, which aims to deliver 40,000 new jobs and 30,000 new homes over the next 20 years. 

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