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Principal Planning Officer

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West Northamptonshire Council
£39,589.82 - £44,535.20
The Guildhall
Closing date:
01 October 2021 at midnight
Are you looking for the next exciting challenge?

West Northamptonshire Council is a new Unitary Authority covering the areas of Northampton, Daventry, Towcester and Brackley. Planning is at the heart of the Council’s vision to build on the existing qualities of the area to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Planner to join our busy and friendly Development Management Team.

Key Duties

• To be responsible for the processing of Development Management matters at a senior level including the assessment and management of a varied case load of planning, advertisement, Listed Building consent with the emphasis on more complex cases; discharge of conditions applications; the provision of pre-application advice; and the handling of appeals and general enquiries.

• To negotiate and project manage major/ complex planning and development proposals including EIA and the negotiation of S106, liaising/ consulting / engaging with internal and external partners and be the lead officer on such projects.

• To prepare reports for submission to the Development Management Team Leader and Planning Committee decisions.

• Support the Team Leader and Development Manager to ensure the achievement of performance / service targets in line with Corporate objectives including occasionally determining planning applications.

• Provision of advice and guidance to customers and elected Members on planning and related matters.

• To assist in the management, guidance and professional development of more junior members of the team in the delivery of a quality decision making environment.

• To attend and advise members of the planning committee through appropriate recommendations.

• To represent the Council as an expert witness in court proceedings and at appeal (Inquiries/Hearings).

• To take a positive approach to pre-application enquiries and provide advice in accordance with the Council’s policy on pre-application advice.

• To assist in the preparation, consultation and monitoring of planning policy documents as part of the production of the Council’s LDF documents.

• Assist Planning Enforcement service in the investigation and resolution of breaches of planning control.

• To be pro-active in the delivery of a customer-focused service.

• Demonstrate a clear commitment to equality / diversity in both the delivery of services and to colleagues. Demonstrate awareness / understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.

• To respond to complaints and service requests in a timely manner.

Experience, Qualifications and Requirements

• Degree in town planning or related subject/ Post graduate RTPI accredited planning qualification or similar
• Chartered Membership of RTPI
• Post graduate experience working within Development Management or relevant consultancy experience
• A detailed and extensive knowledge of town planning legislation and planning guidance
• Demonstrate undertaking of CPD to keep up with Planning Issues
• Good interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
• Ability to negotiate and devise solutions to problems as part of the planning process
• Ability to develop effective working relationships with internal and external partners
• Good ICT skills
• Ability to work alone using own initiative and work as part of a team
• Ability to prioritise competing workloads and demands and to work to tight deadlines to achieve performance targets
• Ability and willingness to provide good quality and equitable customer service
• To contribute to continuous improvement and respond positively to changes and support others in coping with change
• Full Driving Licence

Rewards and Benefits

• A flexible working arrangement
• Generous holiday allowance
• Access to Local Government Pension Scheme

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Nicky Scaife, Development Manager, on 07585 795836 / or Adam Smith, Development Management Team Leader, on 01604 838616 /


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