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Senior Planner (Development Management)
  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC1026LS
  • Published: Fri 15/10/2021, 11:15 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 12/11/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £37,335-£44,054 inclusive of allowances
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, Kent

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Senior Planner (Development Management)

Our Organisation

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves. Gravesham Borough has a number of unique assets which makes it an attractive location, including:

  • World class connectivity via High Speed 1
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Sites of international biodiversity importance
  • Diverse and entrepreneurial population
  • A range of heritage assets – maritime, military, industrial and rural
  • High profile projects and challenge
  • The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is creating a 21st century Garden City where people will want to live and work.
  • Involvement in a number of National Strategic Infrastructure proposals

We’re looking for some special people to join our busy but friendly Development Management team, in response to increased workloads arising from exciting major development proposals.

The role

We are seeking to appoint an experienced, motivated, and well organised planning professional. You will need to be a team player with a positive approach, willing to contribute to the delivery of transformational change and continuous improvement to secure excellent customer service. In this Senior Planning Officer role you will deal with a wide range of planning applications, including major planning applications, across the Borough, covering numerous and often complex planning issues. As such you should have excellent communication and negotiation skills.

The role will require you to have extensive knowledge and experience of the planning system as well as current planning legislation, policies and procedures.

You will be expected to hit the ground running and be able to act on your own initiative, work with minimal supervision, and have the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines.

We will offer you plentiful and varied experience in a key role within our Development Management service and an opportunity to contribute to the emerging local plan and ultimately its implementation, as well as a commitment to your continual professional development.

Essential and Desirable qualifications/experience

Full details can be found on the job description/person specification attached.

In return we offer you

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.

Car allowance and parking permit

As this post requires a full clean driving licence and for a vehicle to be available to use for work, a town centre parking season permit and local car allowance is available for the postholder.


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Shazad Ghani, Service Manager (Planning) on 01474 33 74 83 or email

Important Information

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is working towards equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.