Planning Policy GIS, Monitoring and Research Officer
  • Employer: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Reference: PP/23/1551
  • Published: Mon 23/01/2023, 15:29 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/02/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £26,752 (F Grade)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Tunbridge Wells - Town Hall, Kent

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Planning Policy GIS, Monitoring and Research Officer


We are seeking to recruit a Planning Policy Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Monitoring and Research Officer on a permanent basis.

The postholder will be the GIS lead for the department, and the role will involve GIS data capture using ESRI and GIS analysis.

You will be able to query spatial and non-spatial data; identify the best application of GIS practice to the collation, analysis and creation of spatial data and address any related data processing that needs to be addressed in spreadsheets so that they can be displayed within GIS. You will also be required to create maps for the policy team to support policies.

It is expected that GIS will play a hugely important function in the planning system the team works with following the introduction of any Government changes made to the wider national planning system.

This post will be important in informing how GIS is used in the future and the postholder will need to undertake research to inform planning policy formation, monitor the effectiveness of planning policies and the rate of development across the Borough.

We are interested in hearing from highly motivated, enthusiastic and conscientious candidates with knowledge and experience of GIS and other ICT systems, who are well organised and able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

These are exciting times for Planning Policy here at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Our Local Plan is under examination and progressing towards adoption. The emerging Local Plan sets out where development is proposed to be located for the period up to 2038, and is of key importance to residents, businesses, settlements and the rural areas of the borough. TWBC is also at the start of a new Local Plan for the Town Centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells which will progress in 2023. The postholder will assist Planning Officers with this work, through work such as map production.

TWBC Planning Service operates within a supportive culture and promotes personal and professional development for staff. This role provides an opportunity for candidates to broaden and deepen their experience and skills.

To find out more take a look at the Job Description and Person Specification below.  For an informal discussion about this post, you can contact Ellen Gilbert, Interim Planning Policy Manager on 01892 554 059 or email


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In return we offer you: 

Financial: An attractive basic salary within a clear pay structure with the opportunity to influence your own annual salary increase based on your contribution to the role and organisation. 

Holiday Entitlement: 22 days annual leave plus an additional day in December and bank holidays.   

Employee Assistance Programme: The Council has partnered with Health Assured to provide staff with access to EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) to assist in balancing everyday life with the requirement of work and home. 

Pensions: Membership of the Local Government (CARE – Career Average (Revalued Earnings) Pension Scheme). 

Flexibility: The Council operates a hybrid working model with opportunities to work from home and in an office environment, and a flexible working policy subject to the business needs being met. 

Personal Development: Invaluable training opportunities for continuing professional development. 

Take a look here at all the additional benefits that we offer.


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Interview Date:          28 February 2023

How to Apply

We only accept online applications. If you require access to a computer and/or the internet, you can use our facilities free of charge at The Amelia Scott. Please call ahead to book an appointment Tel. 01892 554171.


Please follow the link below to submit your application.


Equal Opportunities


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