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Senior Planning Officer

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Bainbridge, Leyburn
£34,834 to £39,185 per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

Job Details

Senior Planning Officer Advert wording

Do you want a planning job that makes a difference, that is isn’t just about chasing performance figures? A job where your expertise is valued and you are listened to? If you do, please read on.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has some of the most stunning scenery in Britain and as the planning authority for the area, it’s our job to help local people and businesses to keep the National Park a thriving and beautiful area.

Due to a member of our team moving on, there’s an opportunity to apply for a much sought after role in our Development Management team.  

About Us

We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an environmental organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales are famous for pastoral valleys, with distinctive stone barns and walls, crags and waterfalls, rugged heather moorland and historic villages.

Planning is the best tool we have for conserving this environment for the Nation.

But our work is also about delivering well designed housing and business development in a sustainable way. If you have design skills, a positive attitude to problem solving and you care about nature recovery, climate change and sustainable development then this might be the job for you.

The role is full-time (37 hours), permanent and based at our Bainbridge office near Leyburn, with the potential for some home working.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £34,834 to £39,185 per annum
  • Holiday entitlement starting at 26 days plus bank holidays
  • Flexi time scheme
  • Local government defined benefit pension scheme (LGPS)
  • Subsidised Healthcare scheme
  • Employee discounts on various goods and services
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Commitment to Wellbeing
  • Relocation allowance available

The Role

You will work in a small friendly team of planners responsible for delivering an efficient and effective development management service for half of the National Park.

You will be responsible for conserving the special qualities of this outstanding place, whilst delivering the housing and economic development necessary to sustain thriving communities. Negotiating positive design solutions, providing professional advice on a broad spectrum of planning issues, managing applications efficiently and presenting your recommendations clearly will all be part of your role.

Reporting to the Principal Planning Officer, you will:

  • Take on an interesting caseload;
  • Handle applications and appeals in line with our procedures and practices;
  • Present your recommendations to the Planning Committee; and
  • Give evidence at public inquiries and hearings.

About You

You will already have experience of development control work and a good understanding of the legislative, procedural and policy framework within which the planning system operates and the requirements for negotiating S.106 agreements.

You will be a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or be working towards becoming a Member.

Access to a car or access to a means of mobility support to meet the travel demands of the post (if driving must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance) is essential.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply and join us.

We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role.

For an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact Richard Graham, Head of Development Management, on 01969 652302 or

The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Sunday 9 June 2024.

Anticipated interview date: Week commencing 17 June 2024.


In the UK there are 15 members in the UK national park family and they are protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. People live and work in the national parks and the farms, villages and towns are protected along with the landscape and wildlife. National parks welcome visitors and provide opportunities for everyone to experience, enjoy and learn about their special qualities.

Company info
0300 4560030
North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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