Senior Planner (Development Management)
  • Employer: Rochford District Council
  • Reference: RDS/21/158216
  • Published: Fri 09/07/2021, 16:20 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 08/08/2021, 17:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Part Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,745 - £38,890 (April 2021 increase pending) (plus an additional £5,000 market supplement – non-contractual) (pro rata for part-time). Relocation package of up to £5,000 available.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Rochford, Essex, Essex

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Senior Planner (Development Management)

Job Title: Senior Planner – Development Management

Hours: Preferably full time with opportunity to negotiate hours

Department: Planning

Location: Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW

Salary: £35,745 - £38,890 (April 2021 increase pending) (plus an additional £5,000 market supplement – non-contractual) Pro rata for part-time.

Relocation package of up to £5,000 available.

Benefits: Paid professional membership to RTPI, Local Government Pension Scheme, generous annual leave, agile and hybrid working, staff discounts.

Do you want to be at the forefront of new thinking in planning? Do you want to lead on some major schemes that will shape both our urban and rural environment, delivering high quality and sustainable development within South Essex.  Do you want to earn a competitive salary, work in a friendly environment and for an authority who are committed to investing in the progression of their staff? Then look no further.

About us

We are a proactive local planning authority in south east Essex. We have a 6.3-year supply of land for housing, a complete local development plan supporting and directing the future growth and prosperity of the district up to 2025; a review of which is well underway. We process over 1200 applications per annum, and this year is seeing a 25% increase on that figure, all whilst achieving government targets on delivery. We have a busy and effective Planning Enforcement team that work hard to protect our district and our Economic Development team work effectively collaborating with other departments and our partners to support our businesses and encourage inward investment in our district.  We are a great team.


About the role

We are now looking for a Senior Planner to join our team. Whether you are already in a senior role and fancy a change or perhaps you have a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a planning officer, making planning judgements, writing application reports and are an exceptional, ambitious candidate ready for that step up, then we would love to hear from you. Depending on your experience, in this post you will be required to assist with or lead on a number of major schemes and effectively manage a caseload of applications and appeals. 


About you

You must be extremely well-organised, self-motivated and flexible.  We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, forward thinking and a good team player.

It is essential that you either hold, or are studying for, a postgraduate qualification in planning to be considered for this role. Full chartered membership of the RTPI is desirable or be willing to apply for chartered membership when eligible.


This is a permanent post, for a full time or part time role, which for the right candidate is a fantastic opportunity to join our team. Are you up for the challenge?

Our culture and values

We like our staff to be proactive and innovative. Being customer focused and willing to maximise your potential at work are expected. We all work together to achieve the very best for our residents which sometimes means getting involved in projects and trying new tasks outside of your day to day job role. We love our staff to suggest new ideas and to have enthusiasm to try out new experiences.


For an informal chat please call Katie Rodgers 01702 318002/07802 378734 (Mon, Thurs and Fri) or Claire Buckley 01702 318127/07708 510421 (Mon and Tues)

Please apply online via the link provided.

Closing date for applications is the 6th August 2021. Interviews will be held w/c 16th August 2021.

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


It is our policy that if you have not heard back within 3 weeks of the closing date you should assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.

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