Principal Planning Officer – Development Management

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Principal Planning Officer - Development Management
Interim Position

Portsmouth 5226724

Posted: 12th April 2023 09:37
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  • Pay Rate:

    £34.66 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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Interim Principal Planning Officer - Development Management   

Reference no: Portsmouth 5226724   

Pay rate £34.66 per hour PAYE  

This opening assignment is for 3 months 

To assist the Planning Manager and Development Manager to lead on, co-ordinate and deliver a planning service which puts development plans and documents into action, complies with statutory and corporate requirements and policy and applies a professional and entrepreneurial approach to service delivery. 

Responsible for leading planning negotiations to facilitate the Master planning, application submission and then delivery of large-scale sites with a focus on quality, sustainable major developments 

Key responsibilities: 


  • Support the Spatial Manager and Development Manager in the delivery of a planning service, through the provision of professional advice, guidance, interpretation and evaluation on all aspects of the work area to customers users and colleagues to meet statutory and service requirements, so that it meets statutory targets and legislation and seeks to deliver quality outcomes.  
  • Support the Spatial Manager and Development Manager to review, challenge and prioritise service needs to inform budget setting and subsequently control financial expenditure from agreed budget to ensure service priorities are achieved within financial provision. 
  • Responsible for the line management of planning officers within geographical or project teams (approx. 5-7 officers in team).  
  • Support the Spatial Planning Manager and Development Manager in the management and leadership of the service team, including recruitment, development and motivation of approx (30) people who are committed to delivering an excellent and seamless planning service by the whole department, so that is recognised as a leader in innovation, excellence and best practice. 
  • Review and sign off planning committee reports and delegated decisions. Attend Planning Committee as lead officer standing in for Head of Service and Development Manager as required. 
  • Provide professional expertise in Planning Appeal and Planning Enforcement and prosecution issues as a specialist expert planning witness in liaison with planning and enforcement teams, including provision of written evidence and appearance at hearings and Planning (public) Inquiries and Court to support that evidence orally where necessary. 
  • To take the lead on master planning strategic sites, large scale planning applications, PPAs and consultations, including negotiating fees, setting up and leading on projects, briefing members and stakeholders, preparing reports and negotiating S106s/CIL.  
  • Liaising with neighbouring Local Planning Authorities, other statutory and non-statutory bodies through Duty to Co-operate to secure the master planning of strategic cross boundary developments. 
  • Lead on the Development Management interpretation of policy and guidance to ensure planning decisions are transparent, consistent and robust through clear communication of national and local policy and seek to reduce the amount of appeals through a proactive development management approach and member partnership working and training. 
  • Support the Development Manager to ensure the ICT for the team is maintained at an appropriate level and is informed through new developments in e-planning delivery which facilitates the delivery of the Council’s corporate vision, strategic objectives and agreed priorities as well as statutory requirements 

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

  • Degree or Masters level qualification in Town Planning,  
  • Chartered or professional Membership of the RTPI  
  • Urban design/regeneration qualification/ management qualification 
  • Knowledge and experience of development management process and interaction with plan making process 
  • Knowledge and experience of appeals and enquiries 
  • Knowledge and experience of Conservation Area, Listed Building policy and legislation and Advertisement regulations 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience  
  • Experience of considering complex and challenging planning issues, including writing and presenting planning reports to committee 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items: 

  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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Principal Planning Officer - Development Management
Client Category: Local Authority

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