Interim Senior Planner – Development Control

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Interim Senior Planner – Development Control
Interim Position

MKC (HQ) 10237

Posted: 20th September 2022 10:36
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £37.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience (TBC)

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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Full Job Title: Interim Senior Planner – Development Control

Job Reference: MKC (HQ) 10237

Pay Rate: Up to £37.00 per hour PAYE depending on experience (TBC) Note: the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate, once received.

Able to do site visits/come into office once a week/fortnight, and attend planning committee when required. Interviews will be via MS Teams

Handling caseload of householders, small minors and other applications through to determination.

  • To ensure planning and other applications are professionally assessed and recommendations are made with due regard to all relevant legislation, guidance and policies in order to meet the key objectives of the Council. This will include managing a caseload comprising both minor and major planning applications, and pre-application enquires.
  • To provide high quality professional advice to Members of the Council, other Council Departments, developers, local residents, general public, the business community, Parish Councils, other statutory bodies and stakeholders on development issues. This includes representing the Council at public meetings (including Parish/Town Council meetings), working groups and other external meetings.
  • To manage planning appeals, including the preparation and submission of statements, and representing the Council to ensure the best possible case is put forward in support of the Council’s decision, including at hearings and inquiries.
  • To analyse, negotiate and project manage sometimes major/complex development proposals and planning cases including Environmental Impact Assessments and negotiating Planning Performance Agreements and Section 106 contributions as necessary.
  • Prepare and present reports to councillors and the public at Planning Committee Meetings.
  • Provide support and guidance to Development Services Officers, Planning Officers and apprentices. This includes reviewing draft reports and recommendations to ensure high quality and consistent decision making.
  • Support the Development Management Improvements Manager in the development and implementation of improvement projects that would contribute towards delivery of an efficient and high-quality service.

Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

  1. Qualifications:
    1. Education to Degree level or equivalent, minimum 2 years post graduation experience.
    2. Working towards or eligible to become a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  2. Good working knowledge of town planning legislation
  3. Experience of dealing with a wide range of applications (at least up to dealing with complex minor applications).
  4. Direct experience of Development Management and dealing with planning applications and appeals.
  5. Skills & Abilities:
    1. Able to prioritise and manage a complex caseload of planning applications, and appeals, including the ability to work towards meeting deadlines, with or without project management support, and use own initiative.
    2. Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, as well as respond positively and constructively to questions at Planning Committee.
    3. Able to support the work of other team members, including the provision of advice to apprentices, Development Services Officers and Planning Officers.
    4. Able to use a range of computer systems to manage case files and apply established processes, including high quality and effective record keeping
    5. Able to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including consultees, Parish Councils and Ward Councillors.
  6. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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Interim Senior Planner – Development Control
Client Category: Local Authority

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