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Principal Planner (Team Leader) – Planning Control

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk
King’s Court Council Offices, King’s Lynn with hybrid working
Starting salary up to £50,421 per annum, plus essential user car allowance
Closing date
18 Dec 2023

Principal Planner (Team Leader) – Planning Control

Starting salary up to £50,421 per annum, plus essential user car allowance

Based at King’s Court Council Offices, King’s Lynn with hybrid working

Following the recent successful recruitment for the Planning Control Team, we now have a great opportunity for you to join us as one of two Principal Planners in the section. You will lead a team covering the historic and growing market towns of King’s Lynn, Downham Market & Hunstanton, the Norfolk Coast (including the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the Fens and areas bordering the Brecks. This is a unique opportunity to work in a beautiful part of the country. If you are looking for your next career move and a fresh challenge West Norfolk has more to offer than you may at first think.

We are a large borough with diverse landscapes ranging from the Norfolk Coast AONB in the north, to the Fens and the Brecks in the South. This gives you the opportunity to be involved with rural issues and urban regeneration, and coastal planning as well as major developments proposed within the main towns of King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton. West Norfolk provides a beautiful environment in which to live and work with the council offices based in King’s Lynn, a medieval town and port with an outstanding conservation area.

You will be a fully qualified Planner with RTPI Membership and have at least five years post-qualification experience working in the field of Development Control/Management. Management experience is essential as we need you to lead and develop a team of hard-working Planners of various levels of experience. Alongside this you will also have your own small caseload of complex planning applications and associated appeals and have the ability to provide sound advice and judgements for a range of audiences, including your team, Councillors, developers and members of the public. This is a high-profile role where your experience will not only be valued but will also make a real difference in helping us achieve our goals as well as your own.

If you would like to join our team, we would like to hear from you. In return we can offer you a competitive salary, performance related pay, a generous annual leave entitlement which includes an office closure between Christmas and New Year, membership of the local government pension scheme; RTPI subscription payment; flexible/hybrid working opportunities, and if you need to move to the area for this role there is a relocation package to help you of up to £8k.

Apply online by clicking on the 'Apply Now Button' where you can also read the full job details.

To find out more about your future in West Norfolk visit

Closing Date: 18 December 2023

Interview Date: 3 / 4 January 2024


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