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Planning Development Monitoring Officer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/5146/25514
  • Published: Tue 26/07/2022, 9:20 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/08/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 - £35,419 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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Planning Development Monitoring Officer

The starting salary for this role is £32,173 per annum based on working 36 hours per week.

Whilst having an administrative base of Quadrant Court in Woking, the Planning Team are now working to an agile workstyle, with an expectation that Officers will work out of different locations/venues, including home.  Staff are encouraged to choose the location where they think will be most productive and have access to technology to connect with team members. 

Are you looking for an opportunity to build on your planning career?

The County Council is the Planning Authority for minerals, waste, and the County Council’s own development proposals. It also works closely with the 11 Surrey Boroughs and Districts in respect of strategic development across the County, infrastructure to support Local Plans and the impacts of airport expansion.  Surrey County Council’s Planning Service handles planning applications for mineral and waste development and development by the council required for the provision of its services, such as schools.

The Surrey context

  • Minerals are essential for the building and maintenance of homes, commercial and industrial buildings, schools, and hospitals as well as transport and utility network improvements. Maintaining the supply of minerals and safeguarding mineral resources from sterilisation is integral in enabling development.  Surrey’s mineral resources include sand and gravel; clay; silica sand; chalk; oil and gas.
  • Over three million tonnes of waste is generated annually in Surrey, which requires increased rates of refuse and recycling as well as major waste management infrastructure to help us deliver sustainable development by driving waste management up the waste hierarchy.
  • County Council development includes primarily schools, but also care homes, fire stations, and other County driven infrastructure projects.

To help us achieve our goals we have an opportunity for a Planning Development Monitoring Officer to join our team.  You should be self-confident and will value working as part of an experienced and supportive team.  You should be able to work under pressure to deadlines, communicate effectively and demonstrate drive and commitment. 

This role would suit enforcement or monitoring officers looking to continue to develop their careers and as well as recent planning graduates at the start of their careers, looking for monitoring and enforcement experience. You will work in a supportive atmosphere which encourages learning both internally and externally.

Excellent communication skills are crucial for this role; you will be able to communicate verbally, politely, and confidently, and in writing with the public, fellow professionals, applicants, site operators, landowners, and County Councillors. Good organisation, self-motivation, enthusiasm, and attention to detail are important personal skills in this role.

To be shortlisted for interview, your application will need to clearly show evidence of:

  • A relevant degree or experience
  • A full UK driving licence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An understanding of the UK planning system or the ability and willingness to learn and develop this further

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on the 14th August 2022, with a date for interviews to follow.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Contact Details

If you would to like to know more about the role, please contact Ian Gray, Planning Enforcement Team Leader by email at or Stephen Jenkins, Planning Development Manager by email at 

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.