Senior Planning Officer – Highways & Infrastructure

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Senior Planning Officer – Highways & Infrastructure
Ipswich, Suffolk
Interim Position

SCC (HQ) 19017

Posted: 10th July 2024 11:14
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  • Pay Rate:

    £34.62 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Ipswich, Suffolk,

    IP1 2BX

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Planning Officer – Highways & Infrastructure

Job Ref: SCC (HQ) 19017

Pay Rate: £34.62 per hour PAYE

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

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 3 months

City: Ipswich, Suffolk

The purpose of the role is to provide timely, clear and effective professional advice to the public, councillors and colleagues on a range of planning matters, which may include Minerals and Waste policy, development management matters and the processes involved in consenting and delivering NSIPs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the County Council’s required inputs at various stages of the delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects including technical and professional input, including instructing legal representatives.
  • Work with and support other planning staff involved in programming NSIPs and providing technical input.
  • Attend inquiries and examinations in public to represent the county council on its position.
  • Providing professional planning advice and support for corporate development projects and other initiatives.
  • Monitoring and keeping under review the Minerals and Waste Local Plan.
  • Formulating responses to Local and Neighbourhood Plans and major planning applications, including NSIPs.
  • Assisting with the alignment of delivery of infrastructure through Local Plans, the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106.
  • Provide the strategic planning input to the preparation of Local Plans (and other associated documents) by the District/Borough/Parish Councils in a manner which reflects the corporate priorities of the Council.
  • Attend local plan examinations and planning inquiries.


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

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.



  1. Degree in a development-related discipline (e.g. planning, transport, housing).
  2. Qualifications necessary for membership of a relevant professional organisation.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Able to produce clear, concise reports on a range of subjects within relevant timescales.
  3. Able to programme inputs to deliver tasks or objectives for more than a year.
  4. Able to communicate effectively, with tact and diplomacy with diverse and challenging audiences.
  5. Advanced knowledge of planning law and policy and detailed knowledge of the operation of the systems governing Community Infrastructure Levy and planning obligations.
  6. Intermediate knowledge of computer spreadsheets, databases and other software.
  7. Negotiation skills and knowledge of the economics of the development process.
  8. Experience of the planning process such as analysing reports or data associated with planning applications, policy formulation and implementation.
  9. Experience of working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to develop shared solutions to complex problems.
  10. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite, Adobe Pro).



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Job Ref: SCC (HQ) 19017
Senior Planning Officer – Highways & Infrastructure
Client Category: Local Authority

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