Principal Planner (Major Projects)
  • Employer: Dartford Borough Council
  • Reference: DBC/PPMPS22
  • Published: Thu 22/09/2022, 16:11 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 30/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday. Flexi-time available.
  • Salary: £47,387 PA increasing to £50,492 PA following 12 months satisfactory performance
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Kent

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Principal Planner (Major Projects)

Dartford is a Borough of Kent, adjoining London. The Borough’s connections are more than just the Dartford crossing.


  • Dartford rail station, adjacent the Council offices, is the busiest in the County; part of the TfL Oystercard area, it links to a wide range of stations in London and in Kent via Thameslink and other services
  • Ebbsfleet International Rail Station (17mins to London) in the east of the Borough)
  • Good bus services, including TfL buses in the Borough and the Fastrack rapid transit system.


Our focus is very much therefore on sustainable development minimising car use, and complementary new infrastructure. Dartford is one of the very the fastest growing districts in the country, from planned new and extended communities on brownfield land. As a place of choice for international, national and local businesses as well as Bluewater shopping centre and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation; the Borough is a varied and exciting place for a career in planning. We are now planning to 2037 and our focus is on Dartford Town Centre and securing large mixed use residential-led redevelopment in and around the town as well as public realm and transport-related improvements.  We have maintained a 5 year housing land supply, and the NPPF compliant Local Plan is being updated with new policies now at examination. We have had a Community Infrastructure Levy in place for 8 years and this is being used to support and fund new infrastructure in the Borough.


Do you love working on a variety of large/medium and complex planning applications? Do you have an expertise and interest in design and urban development sites?   As part of our Major Projects Team, you will influence and make recommendations on the largest and most complex planning applications in the Borough. We are looking for an experienced and qualified Town Planner with strong professional skills, experience of dealing with very large and complex urban developments and expertise or an interest in urban design. In particular this post will take a key role in the co-ordination and delivery of transformational developments in Dartford Town Centre and, as well as providing pre-application advice and dealing with planning applications, will also have the opportunity to be involved in the master planning and project work in the town centre, which is being led by Planning Services. 


Experience of responding to masterplans and design and layout of large-scale developments is required and experience of dealing with planning applications for high density urban developments will be an advantage.  You will also be familiar with infill development in a tight urban environment and where built heritage issues are involved. A good understanding of planning legislation is essential.  You will have strong negotiating skills and the ability to develop good partnership working. The successful applicant will join a professional, experienced and efficient Planning Services team which is ambitious in striving for positive outcomes in order to maintain and create an environment where people want to live and businesses choose to locate.  Development Management and Planning Strategy work closely together in order to ensure a cohesive approach to planning in Dartford and as a small planning team there are plenty of chances to get involved in and potentially lead on a variety of projects. Dartford Borough Council provides a friendly and supportive working environment with flexibility offered through hybrid working and flexi-time, please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.


Benefits: Career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, hybrid working, free on-site parking, flexi-time available, employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement.


A driving licence and use of a car is desirable. You should be a qualified Town Planner with eligibility for or membership of the RTPI.  If you would like to speak to someone about this post, please contact: Emma Eisinger, Development Manager, tel. no: 01322 343600. Please note, interviews will be held in w/c 14th November


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