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Specialist Level 3 (Principal Planning Officer)
  • Employer: Wokingham Borough Council
  • Reference: 711635
  • Published: Wed 30/11/2022, 8:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 11/12/2022, 23:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,496-£46,549 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Shute End/Home Working, Berkshire

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Specialist Level 3 (Principal Planning Officer)

Over 170,000 people call the borough of Wokingham in Berkshire home. With great schools and a beautiful semi-rural location, there is an exceptional quality of life, and we are regularly voted one of the best places to live in the country. Situated in the heart of the prosperous Thames Valley, 30 miles west of London, Wokingham is an attractive, historic market town with considerable pressure for further development. We are passionate about delivering a high-quality planning service to our communities, residents and businesses and are a high-performing service, determining around 99% of our 4000 annual planning applications within Government targets. 

About the role

As a principal planning officer (L3 specialist) in Development Management and Enforcement you will deal with a challenging case load of complex planning applications and enforcement cases. You will be required to defend the Council's position at appeal including appearing as an expert witness at public inquiries. The role sits within our Place & Growth directorate.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised individual, able to meet deadlines and maintain our exceptional record. You will have knowledge of the legislative and policy framework and be a qualified town planner and member of the RTPI. You will have strong communication skills and a customer focused approach.

About us

We have a great planning team, proud of our outstanding performance and the service we deliver. We can offer a competitive salary and annual leave allowance and the opportunity for hybrid working with the flexibility to work in the office and at home. This is a key role in the Council and an exciting opportunity to work across a wide remit with all of our stakeholders. We are committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a satisfying, supportive, and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Brian Conlon at

Closing date: 11th December 2022, 11pm
Interview date: TBC

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.