Senior Planning Officer

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Senior Planning Officer
LEAMINGTON SPA, Warwickshire
Contract / Temporary

Warwick 5236027

Posted: 14th September 2023 11:09
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £17.47 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6-7 months

  • LEAMINGTON SPA, Warwickshire,

    CV32 5HZ

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Senior Planning Officer

Reference no: Warwick 5236027

Pay rate: Up to £17.47 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6-7 months

City: LEAMINGTON SPA, Warwickshire

Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle

A Senior Planning Officer is required to help deliver sustainable, high quality development which meets the needs of the area by providing pre-application advice, assessing and determining planning applications and/or by preparing, implementing and monitoring the Local Plan and other planning policy documents.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake the professional duties of the post including determining planning applications; providing pre-application advice; preparing, evaluating and assessing research, evidence and policies; assessing development proposals and opportunities; preparing reports and written statements; and undertaking activities related to enforcement with minimal supervision, to ensure development opportunities, proposals and breaches are properly dealt with within a clear and strong policy framework.
  • Lead on key areas of work such as Public Inquiries, major development proposals and specialist policy development matters, including planning for and delivering infrastructure and undertaking the necessary professional duties associated with preparing for and representing the District Council in respect of formal proceedings (such as Public Inquiries, Hearings or Examinations), possibly as the Council’s sole representative.
  • Make planning decisions and recommendations to Committee based on a reasoned balance of material considerations including the policy framework, evidence and local circumstances/consultation and to arrange, prepare and present reports and recommendations to Council Committees (such as Planning Committee and Executive) to enable well informed decisions to be reached.
  • Provide general advice and information to the public, other professionals, senior management and Councillors on all aspects of professional work including the more complex matters and deal with enquiries and the professional activity of the Service in a helpful positive way including face to face, telephone, in writing and through the website.
  • Represent the Council in formal and informal public situations (such as public meetings and events) in connection with the professional duties of the post, including consultations.
  • Supervise junior professional officers, technical and administrative staff through the provision of advice and guidance. To maintain effective liaison with other sections and service areas within the Council as required.


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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:

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Relevant degree or professional qualification.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a professional planning role Or Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Experience in a professional planning role.
  • Experience of dealing with planning issues within historic towns, open countryside and the Green Belt desirable.
  • Experience of administering systems.
  • Experience of delivering good customer service.



  • Knowledge of the purpose and objectives of Town and Country Planning and the role of the local planning authority in their achievement.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to successfully negotiate to deliver desired outcomes.
  • An ability to remain calm in difficult circumstances and deal with all customers in a helpful and constructive manner.
  • Effective time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated through working as part of a team and in a mentoring / overseeing role.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, demonstrating tact and diplomacy.
  • Literate and numerate sufficient to produce reports and other assessments on planning matters.
  • Map, plan and drawing appreciation skills sufficient to accurately assess physical characteristics of sites, buildings, infrastructure and other features.
  • Experience of and ability to work with a wide variety of people including senior managers, members, developers and community groups.
  • Willingness to work flexibly including in the evening where necessary.
  • Full driving licence and access to a car for work purposes.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.

Full Driving licence, access to a vehicle or access to means of mobility support.



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Senior Planning Officer
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