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Planning Officer
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00875
  • Published: Fri 05/08/2022, 6:50 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 05/09/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £30,732 - £35,010 FTE p/a (inclusive of London Weighting)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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Planning Officer

Grab a great opportunity

Bracknell Forest is a great place to be a planner. We have lots of variety and lots happening. The Borough has an outstanding new town centre, attractive Green Belt countryside and everything in between.

These are great opportunities to gain a wide variety of experience to develop your career in a forward-looking authority.

Fulfil your ambitions

Bracknell Forest is a Unitary Authority with continuing growth ambitions. There are large housing developments underway, and we have a regenerated town centre with new retail outlets, homes, restaurants and leisure facilities. To help deal with the high levels of development activity, we are recruiting a Planning Assistant and a Planning Officer in the Development Management Team. It will offer the chance to gain valuable experience and contribute to shaping a borough we can be proud of because we're Bracknell Forest.

The Council also supports an apprenticeship scheme leading to a degree in Town Planning.

Join a great team

The Development Management Team is a friendly and busy team, mainly dealing with householder planning applications and schemes up to 10 dwellings/1,000m2 of commercial floorspace and planning enforcement matters. The work can be challenging but the team shares issues and experience to deliver positive results and creative solutions. The weekly applications meetings are a great opportunity to deal with any concerns and input your own ideas on a huge range of applications - and every day is different.


You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…

Within the Development Management Team the role involves processing and evaluating planning and related applications, undertake any associated appeals and respond to pre-application enquiries. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals at Planning Assistant and Planning Officer level, with good communication skills to provide advice to those using our services, particularly responding to enquiries from members of the public in relation to householder and smaller commercial developments. The successful candidates will work in the Development Management Team and gain valuable experience in dealing with sites through the whole process from pre-application to appeal. There will also be opportunities to present some of your cases to the Planning Committee.

The benefits you will experience are…

  • Being part of a forward-looking organisation that will support you to achieve your career objectives.
  • Opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
  • An inclusive and social working environment.
  • Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
  • Paid Annual Subscription to a professional body.
  • A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities.
  • Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
  • Supermarket discount.
  • An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.

What we're looking for…

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated and reliable people who have strong focus on customer service and who are willing and able to undertake a variety of duties commensurate with the roles.

Interview date

Interviews will be held on Friday 16 September 2022 and Wednesday 21 September 2022.

Want to ask us a question?

For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about these roles. Please contact:

Name: Basia Polnik

Job Title: Development Management Team Manager

Phone Number: 01344 351134 or

As part of the Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that these vacancies may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.

Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.

No agencies please.