Senior Planner-Housing & Planning

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Senior Planner-Housing & Planning
Plymouth, Devon
Contract / Temporary

Swindon RQ735659

Posted: 23rd November 2022 10:15
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  • Pay Rate:

    £15.94 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Wednesday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Plymouth, Devon,

    PL9 7JT

What's involved with this role:


Temporary Senior Planner-Housing & Planning

Reference no: Swindon RQ735659

Pay rate: £15.94 per hour PAYE

The post holder will join the Development Management Team and support the Council to manage a diverse caseload of planning applications.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deal with a range of planning applications including: shopfront, householder, crossover, advert and lawful development applications etc
  • Deal with a range of development control issues, including major and complex cases, undertaking negotiations with applicants/prospective developers and representatives of other parts of the Council, as required.
  • Undertake the tasks required for the accurate validation and allocation of in-coming applications up to and including smaller “major” applications.
  • Contribute to the review of the Local Development Framework and the formulation of new strategic policies and site proposals.
  • Prepare and present quality professional advice, briefing information and reports, to appropriate individuals and bodies as required.
  • Prepare and present statements and evidence for public inquiries and informal hearings for smaller “major” appeals and in court.
  • Ensure appropriate public participation on planning applications and development projects, and to analyse the results thereof.
  • Provide advice to applicants and the public on planning applications and development proposals under the supervision of a more senior officer.


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

Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • An RTPI-recognised degree level qualification in Town Planning or equivalent
  • Eligible for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Thorough knowledge of all relevant planning legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Significant experience of relevant development control work, preferably including responsibility for dealing with a planning application caseload.
  • Experience of providing planning advice to members, senior officers, developers and the public.
  • Experience of processing the full range of minor and other plus smaller major applications.
  • Experience of validations and case allocation of all types of application including smaller major applications.


Skills & Abilities

  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to carry out numerical calculations
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Logical thinking with creative problem-solving ability
  • Ability to respond positively to enquiries from the public, Members, and others.
  • Ability to co-ordinate and liaise closely with Planning Support Officers and other staff.
  • High standard of report writing.
  • Clear verbal communicator, including explaining technical planning information and giving advice to non-technical people.
  • Good negotiating skills particularly with the public, developers, builders, architects etc.
  • Ability to prioritise own work to respond successfully to frequent changes in work whilst maintaining performance.
  • Fully conversant with Microsoft office- Word, Excel, Oulook

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.

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.

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.


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Senior Planner-Housing & Planning
Client Category: Local Authority

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