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Job Title: Principal Planning Officer - Gilston

East Herts District Council

£40,156 - £49,250 + bens

Contract Type:
Full time

Hertford, East Anglia

Principal Planner


Job Sector:
Senior Planner / Senior Planning Officer

Closing Date:





Principal Planning Officer-Gilston

Grade 9 – 10 £40,156 - £49,250 including local weighting, +£3500 Market Supplement*

Full Time, 37 hours per week, permanent. Blended working available, Hertford. Closing date 3 March 2023 at 5pm.

Are you a senior planning professional looking to make a difference? Could you thrive in a progressive public sector environment?

If so, we’re looking for a Principal Planning Officer to support exciting developments across the Gilston area and ensure we can meet the planning challenges of the 2020s and beyond.

If you’re passionate about planning with experience of dealing with major development proposals then this is an excellent opportunity to join our dedicated organisation.

The planning applications for our Gilston project, along with those for the supporting transport infrastructure, are one of the largest development proposals currently being considered in the country, making this an incredibly sought-after venture to work on.

So, if you want to utilise your expertise, playing an integral role in shaping the future of East Hertfordshire, we want to hear from you!

*In line with their pay policy, EHC will review the application of the Market Forces Supplement annually, and if warranted, will make adjustments in liaison with affected staff.

The Role

As a Principal Planning Officer, you will manage a caseload of complex planning and related applications, including pre-application submissions, focusing on development management in the Gilston Area which forms part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

Providing a service that is efficient and effective, you will oversee all stages of the process from initial assessment, through to committee reporting, legal agreements, conditions and appeals.

You will also keep up to date with case laws, national and local policies and community needs to ensure that the planning process can deliver the best outputs and outcomes.

Additionally, you will:

-Present casework to decision making committees and in other public meetings
- Respond promptly to customers’ needs
- Provide guidance, training and support to other team members

This role will require you to visit and inspect land and development sites and other locations both within and beyond the district.

About You

To be considered as a Principal Planning Officer, you will need:

-Experience dealing with major development proposals
-Experience and understanding of the planning legal obligation process
- Project management experience
-Experience dealing with planning issuesand communicating these at committees and public meetings
-Experience guiding, mentoring and supporting junior colleagues
- A degree in Town and Country Planning and/or post graduate qualification in Town and Country Planning
- A current, valid driving licence, access to your own vehicle and the ability to travel across the district, occasionally at short notice

Other organisations may call this role Senior Planning Co-ordinator, Environmental Planning Executive, Senior Planning Development Officer, or Planning Applications Officer.

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