Senior Planning Officer - Policy

  • Employer: St Helens Borough Council
  • Reference: PPP8
  • Published: Fri 15/09/2023, 12:14 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 12/10/2023, 12:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: From: £35,411.00 To: £38,296.00 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: St Helens Metropolitan Council, Merseyside

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Senior Planning Officer - Policy

We Are St Helens Borough Council.

Located at the heart of England’s North West and with a varied mix of cultural and leisure facilities and unique industrial heritage, St. Helens offers great opportunities as a place to live and work. St. Helens Council plays a key role in the Liverpool City Region and wider area, and has an acknowledged reputation as providing excellent planning services.

The Council’s Development Plans Team is small, friendly and ambitious. We are dealing with an exciting range of planning challenges, balancing the need for major new development to deliver jobs, homes and infrastructure with the protection of the Borough’s greenspaces and other environmental assets. In this context, we have recently adopted the St Helens Borough Local Plan (July 2022), and are now working on the implementation of the Local Plan.

In addition to this, we are also currently preparing new Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) to shape development and are engaged in a project to promote Neighbourhood Planning in the Borough.

You will play a key role - working in partnership with others - in the above projects, amongst other relevant work areas, such as monitoring and strategic planning. You will play the lead on specific policy areas and gain experience of supervising your own projects.

You must have at least 2 years’ experience and a degree in planning or a related discipline, and a good knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance and procedures. You must also be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, analyse information in a clear and logical manner and meet priorities and deadlines. You should also be able to work well as a team member and individually with minimum supervision, be enthusiastic and able to supervise and motivate others, and have good IT skills.

Interested to Find Out More?

You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.

To discuss this exciting role please contact Lucy O’Doherty (Development Plans Manager) at lucyo’, or Sara Manson (Principal Planning Officer) at

Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.

Equality & Diversity

St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here

St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.

NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.

All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.

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