Senior Planning Officer – Planning

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Senior Planning Officer - Planning
Interim Position

Exeter TCL 5247086

Posted: 2nd April 2024 17:33
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  • Pay Rate:

    £30.20 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5 months


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Interim Senior Planning Officer - Planning

Reference no: Exeter TCL 5247086

Pay Rate: £30.20 per hour PAYE

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 5 months


The applicant will be required to visit the city (Exeter) at least once a week for site visits.

Dealing with a caseload of planning applications – small majors, discharge of conditions, minors and some householder applications. Post is to address a backlog of planning applications. The applicant will be expected to process a high volume of applications.

Key responsibilities:

  • As a senior member of the team, in relation to physical development proposals (particularly in respect of major schemes) or changes of use, to provide Planning advice, negotiate improvements, propose and agree solutions, negotiate and agree S106 Contributions.
  • Provide advice/assistance in connection with preparation of Local Development Documents, Supplementary Planning Documents etc. including attendance at public meetings, where directed.
  • Process own and overseeing junior officers applications for planning permission, Conservation Area Consent, Listed Building Consent and others, to recommendation and decision stages, in accordance with National and Council approved planning policies and other material considerations.
  • Adopt a proactive Development Management approach to dealing with major applications in a project management environment with a Development Team Approach and use of Planning Performance Agreements and other project management tools.
  • Prepare written and/or illustrative submissions for, and act as expert witness at planning appeal hearings and Inquiries, or as otherwise required.
  • Prepare and present reports at the Development Control Committee.
  • In connection with the above, as part of the Development Team, to liaise/work with other officers/Members of the Council, and external bodies to bring about desired outcomes which address customer needs, e.g. Enforcement Officer, Building Control Officers, consultants and developers.
  • Assist the Principal Planner in achieving continuous improvement in delivery of Development Control services through best practice, innovation and team working, in line with Best Value principles.
  • Provide advice to or assist customers of the service outside of the formal application process.

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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.

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


  • Degree or Diploma in Town Planning or other relevant qualification
  • Relevant professional qualifications RTPI/PICS.


  • Relevant expertise in dealing with significant major projects/applications at a Local Authority including Environmental Impact Assessments.
  • Relevant experience in the use of planning ICT software.
  • Experience of dealing with major development projects utilising Project/Programme Management techniques.
  • Experience of using the UNIFORM database

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent presentation skills and use of time management skills. Business focused on customer needs and able to work with this in mind.
  • Ability to communicate ideas for improvements to develop proposals.
  • Well organised and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise with sensitivity and practical approach, technical/professional skills in a political environment.
  • Flair and ability to apply planning skills to major development site, concise and accurate report writing skills.


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Senior Planning Officer - Planning
Client Category: Local Authority

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