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Principal Planning Officer (Development Management)

City of Doncaster Council
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
£37,363 - £41,438
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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

Role Title: Principal Planning Officer (Development Management)

Based at: Civic Office, Doncaster         

Salary details: Grade 9, £37,363 - £41,438

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time, 37 Hours per Week

Closing date: [23 June 2024]

Come and be part of what’s happening in the UK’s newest City……..

Doncaster has just been awarded CITY status – our ambitions for our city are transformational. We need talented people to help us deliver big things for Doncaster including new investments and improving how we do things. If you want to gain deep experience within specialist fields as part of a multi-disciplinary team, this opportunity could be for you.  The work will be both challenging and rewarding so if you are interested please read on….

We are passionate about Doncaster - it’s a great place to live, do business and visit. We have plenty to shout about.  Doncaster is the UK’s best-connected location, we have many major developments in the pipeline, a vibrant urban centre with a thriving arts and cultural scene, sport and leisure attractions, wonderful green spaces and a fascinating heritage.  We firmly believe, as do our partners, that Doncaster is the place to be with a bright future and ambitions ahead of it.  But don’t just take our word for it – anyone joining the Council, can look forward to expanding their knowledge and skills in a dynamic, creative and nurturing environment while truly making a difference to the communities we serve.

These are exciting times for Doncaster. Being the country’s newest northern City will help attract more investment and improve opportunities and life chances for our residents and communities. We have a number of significant large-scale developments, regeneration schemes and infrastructure projects that will continue to transform Doncaster.

City of Doncaster Council is in an enviable position of having a recently adopted Local Plan (Sept 2021) and are now implementing the new development plan policies and bringing forward development as part of our planning application service.  We are a busy Planning Service dealing with numerous transformational projects in the City – delivering housing and employment opportunities, whilst importantly balancing this with the environmental and ‘building beautiful’ agendas.

We are looking for two Principal Planning Officers to join the Development Management team to work on a range of our highest profile, strategic applications to deliver development which is instrumental to the ongoing investment and prosperity of the city. We are seeking highly motivated and experienced officers to play a key role in the determination and delivery of high-quality development. With considerable experience within Development Management, you will have excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills; you will work well in a team environment, with a challenging but interesting case load.

You will be part of a strong, friendly, and supportive multidisciplinary team, all of whom work hard towards developing our planning service and delivering high quality developments.  We have a track record of working on innovation having recently been part of the DLUHC Open Digital Planning project, which we continue to be involved in.

The successful candidates will have the ability to proactively manage their own complex caseloads, collaborate positively with colleagues from across the council, as well as external skakeholders, developers, Elected Members, and the general public. There are also opportunities to act as mentor to other members of the team.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a positive, dedicated, and friendly service, working on interesting and varied projects so if you’re an ambitious planner with experience in managing major planning applications and a strong desire to deliver real, positive change to the area, we want to hear from you.

Further details about the responsibilities and requirements of the role are contained in the role summary and job profile.

In return for your hard work and dedication, we can offer you the chance to be part of a great team dedicated to ensuring that all people in Doncaster thrive. You will also have access to a variety of attractive employee benefits including competitive leave entitlement, local government pension scheme and access to a range of staff discount and flexible benefits schemes. We offer a great work-life balance where you have the responsibility to shape your time and role with the flexibility of both remote and office-based working. Visit our Working in Doncaster page to find out more.

Shortlisting will take place week commencing [24 June 2024] and it is anticipated that interviews will be held in the week commencing [08 July 2024].

Doncaster Council is committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community where we strive to improve the quality of life for all. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expect all staff to share these commitments.

Further information

We recognise that application and interview processes can be daunting, so Doncaster Council’s Advance Employment Hub is here to help! We offer 1-1 application support and interview preparation tailored to meet your needs. For more information, please contact

For further details or an informal chat please contact: 

Emma Keefe, Tel: 01302 737678

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