Senior Planning Officer

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Senior Planning Officer
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Interim Position

N Lincolnshire 5224809

Posted: 2nd March 2023 10:10
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  • Pay Rate:

    £26.88 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire,

    DN15 6NL

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Planning Officer

Reference no:  N Lincolnshire 5224809

Pay Rate: £26.88 per hour PAYE 

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

The purpose of the role is to assist in the operation of an effective and high quality Development Management service, ensuring that statutory requirements are fulfilled.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide professional advice and guidance to the public on the need for planning permission or other statutory approvals and consents.
  • Prepare reports and make recommendations for the determination of applications for development matters under the Council’s scheme of delegation and for
  • Planning Committee, including applications that attract third party representations or objections and consultation queries.
  • Undertake appropriate community and stakeholder consultation on planning applications.
  • Ensure adequate publicity, undertake site inspections and appraisals and consult with appropriate internal and external bodies in connection with applications for development in accordance with the council’s policy and procedures.
  • Monitor and work closely with the enforcement officers and Building Control staff over development proposals and their subsequent implementation.
  • Prepare reports for Planning Committee including those where adverse representations, objections or consultation responses are received.
  • Process written representations appeals and prepare explanatory and supporting statements.
  • Leads work on advising and determining strategic and major planning applications.
  • Prepare and present evidence for major public inquiries, planning appeals, enforcement appeals and examinations in public on behalf of the council.


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



  1. Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  2. Eligibility for admittance to recognised RTPI accredited course.


Knowledge & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of and proven record of accomplishment of undertaking development control duties relating to the processing and determination of major planning applications, including presentation of such applications to the Planning Committee as and when required.
  3. Broad knowledge of current government planning policy, procedures and legislation.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of working practices within a town planning office environment.
  5. Knowledge of the statutory, regulatory, strategic and key operational requirements relevant to the role.
  6. Sound and extensive knowledge and understanding of planning procedures and legislation.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate written reports.
  2. Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to deliver presentations and to deal appropriately with people in challenging situations.
  3. Ability to understand maps, plans and technical information.
  4. Ability to plan and progress work without supervision and manage time effectively to meet targets.
  5. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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.

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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:

  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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Senior Planning Officer
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