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Principal Planning Officer
  • Employer: Hastings Borough Council
  • Reference: OS/19/116746
  • Published: Mon 16/12/2019, 12:10 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 27/01/2020, 12:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,077 to £41,32 and benefit allowance £3,800
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hastings, East Sussex, East Sussex

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Principal Planning Officer

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Planning Officer within our Development Management Team taking personal responsibility for dealing with planning applications, pre applications and appeals as required. The post is for a Principal Planning Officer. As part of the Development Management team you will process applications and appeals. With excellent communication skills you’ll assume responsibility for effective negotiation and resolution, supporting growth and regeneration that reflects the Council’s wider positive objectives and policies of promoting high quality and innovative development while protecting the environment and conserving the historic character of the Borough.

Full details of the role can be found in the attached job description. We are keen to support your training and personal development and offer flexible working, including home working.

Who are we?

With world class coast, countryside, a thriving artist quarter in the Old Town, brimming over with creativity and history, outstanding architecture and a variety of boutiques Hastings is a popular place to live and visit. Low house prices, good schools, beautiful parks, an attractive environment, an outstanding community spirit and a new link road makes a move to Hastings a very positive investment into your future.

Hastings has seen significant development in the past few years, not least a multi-million pound project to restore its historic pier and the economy-boosting link road. Regeneration that improves the environment is one of Hastings key goals.

Who are you?

The ideal person for this role will hold an RTPI accredited planning qualification. You will already have experience in assessing and determining planning applications, ideally complex and/or major applications. You will also be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of Development Management. You’ll have the ability to read and assess plans, write accurate and concise reports, as well as meet tight deadlines. You will be able to project manage your work to meet Council and Government targets and you’ll have good knowledge of planning legislation and policy at local, regional, and national levels.  

You’ll have excellent communication and customer-care skills, the ability to work flexibly, as part of a busy and high performing team, while we will provide you with opportunities to undertake relevant training to help you develop in your role and further progress your career. Full details of the qualification and experience required for the role can be found in the attached job description.

If you have any questions you can call Eleanor Evans on (01424) 783251 or email me ( We have a welcoming and friendly team so if you think this role could be for you we would love to hear from you.

Interview date: 10th February 2020