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Career Grade Planner (Planning Policy)
  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC1607LS
  • Published: Tue 17/05/2022, 10:28 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 15/06/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Up to £44,054 inclusive of allowances (subject to experience and qualifications)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: 2 days at Civic Centre and 3 days WFH, Kent

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Career Grade Planner (Planning Policy)

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.

The role

An exciting opportunity has a risen for an ambitious candidate to strengthen our Planning Policy Team. This career graded post is an excellent opportunity, for an experienced planning officer or if you are just starting out on your planning career. Either way, we want to support and develop your skills to perform and progress as a professional officer.

Main responsibilities

The career graded planning positions provides the opportunity to enhance your existing skill sets and experience across a wide variety of casework and projects. You can expect every day to be different. The career grade covers:

  • Scale 4/5/6 (Graduate Planner/ Planning Assistant)
  • Scale SO1 –SO2 (Planning Officer)
  • POA - POB (Senior Planner)

This role would suit a graduate with a recognised planning degree or an individual who has gained some post qualification experience in local government or private consultancy and is looking to move on to the next stage in their career or an experienced individual.

We are seeking someone who will be able to provide support to the Planning Policy Team on a wide range of work areas, ensuring that growth and regeneration is delivered in the Borough through the expression and communication of the spatial strategy for the Borough (i.e. the Local Plan and supporting documents).

The right candidate should have a demonstrable interest in the field of planning policy, excellent communication and co-ordination skills, and a willingness to take the initiative. Candidates with excellent IT skills and experience of using GIS software would be particularly welcomed.

Essential qualifications/experience-

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

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.


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 on 01474 33 7483.

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 committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

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.