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Planning Officer

Employer: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

  • Reference: PP/17/42867
  • Published on: Mon 11/09/2017 16:50 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 18/09/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Contract
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: £24,890 or £27,835 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Town Hall

The Council is producing a new Local Plan for the borough, whilst simultaneously seeking to deliver high quality development in line with the Borough’s five year plan which is focused on attracting the right investment and infrastructure to improve quality of life for the Borough’s residents.

We are currently looking to recruit a Planning Officer to a 2 year fixed term vacancy to work in the Planning Policy area of the planning service.

Policy officers are currently focused on progressing preparation of the new Local Plan. The final elements of a comprehensive evidence base are being progressed and an Issues and Options public consultation was carried out in early summer the responses to which are being reviewed.

With relevant town planning experience of Planning Policy, you will have excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills; you will work well in a team environment, with a challenging but interesting case load of planning policy work. You will be tenacious, thorough, and adaptable, and will welcome a challenge.

This is an excellent opportunity to broaden your experience and knowledge in a positive, dedicated and friendly team, working in interesting and valued rural and urban environments. The work is pressurised but rewarding with an opportunity to be involved in site assessments, research, evidence gathering and analysis, report writing and presentations on a range of policy issues.

There is also opportunity to be involved in our work supporting local Parish and Town Councils who are in the process of progressing Neighbourhood Plans.

You will be IT literate, and have a high level of literacy and numeracy. The ideal candidate will be a friendly and approachable person who is keen to develop their understanding of planning and is willing to get involved, is thorough, adaptable and welcoming of a challenge.

Additional benefits for this post include 22 days annual leave (increasing to 27 days after 5 years Local Government service), membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme as well as invaluable training opportunities for continuing professional development. The post is graded in line with the ‘Career Progression Criteria’ document below.

A detailed list of responsibilities and person criteria can be viewed in the Job Description and Person Specification documents below. For an informal discussion, please contact Kelvin Hinton, Planning Policy Manager, on 01892 554212.

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Interview Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017

Equal Opportunities

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