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Job Title: Principal Planning Officer

Erewash Borough Council

£41,418 to £45,441 + extras

Contract Type:
Full time

Long Eaton, Midlands

Job Level:
Principal Planning Officer


Closing Date:
24 July 2024

Town Planning

Public Sector

Major and Complex Applications


Directorate: Resources

Department: Planning and Regeneration

Salary: Grade H - £41,418 to £45,441 per year + market supplement* of £5000

+ £3000 welcome payment* (plus pay award pending)

Hours: 37 hours per week

Location: Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 1HU

Hybrid/home working available

Exciting Opportunity: Principal Planning Officer - Develop Your Career in Planning

Are you looking to advance your career in Planning? Whether you're seeking to enhance your existing professional skills or take your first step into management, this is an excellent opportunity to join our proactive, award-winning, and customer-focused Development Management team.

We are seeking a forward-thinking, enthusiastic, and highly motivated individual to join our dynamic team. As the Principal Planning Officer, you will handle major and complex planning applications, support the Development Manager in implementing service improvements, supervise the planning enforcement service, and manage the Planning Enforcement Officer and Assistant.

Key Responsibilities

· Manage Major and Complex Applications: Carry a caseload of significant planning applications.

·Service Improvement:Support the Development Manager in delivering service enhancements.

·Enforcement Supervision:Oversee the planning enforcement service and manage the Enforcement Team.

·Leadership: Provide guidance and management to the Planning Enforcement Officer and Assistant.

Why choose us?

Centrally located between Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, Erewash is a diverse borough encompassing the towns of Long Eaton and Ilkeston, surrounded by rural Green Belt.

Our council is developing and delivering an ambitious growth plan crucial for economic development, benefiting residents, businesses, and communities. We are focused on delivering around 6,600 new homes through the Erewash Core Strategy Review and are investing in additional resources to strengthen our capacity and achieve these strategic objectives. This is an exciting time to join us and contribute to our ambitious goals.

About You

To excel in this role, you will need:

·Experience:Handling a wide range of complex and major planning applications, including planning enforcement and leading projects.

·Qualifications: A Diploma or Degree in Town Planning (or equivalent) and membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

·Skills: Strong problem-solving abilities, a proactive approach to delivering quality outcomes, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·Customer Focus: A commitment to providing high-quality customer service.

·Leadership:Experience in managing teams or a desire to take the first step into management.

Why Join Us?

· Professional Growth: Develop and enhance your professional skills in a supportive environment.

·Dynamic Team: Be part of an award-winning, customer-focused Development Management team.

·Strategic Impact: Play a key role in delivering strategic objectives and ambitious growth plans.

·Prime Location: Work from home or at in our offices with excellent transport links to Nottingham and Derby.

·Recruitment incentives: We offer a generous welcome payment and market supplement to help you get started on your journey with us. The welcome payment of £3000* is attached to this post, payable in your first salary. These financial incentives demonstrate our commitment to attracting and retaining top talent like you.

Take the next step in your planning career with us. Apply now and become a part of our exciting journey towards growth and excellence.

Benefits of Working for Us

In addition to a competitive salary and supportive team, you will also have access to: 

·Generous annual leave package – 29 days annual leave (rising to 33 days after 5 years’ continuous service) plus 8 bank holidays a year

·Free workplace car parking within the Borough

·Opportunities for training, learning and continuous professional development

·Family friendly flexible and hybrid/home working policies available

· Option to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) plus access to a salary sacrifice scheme for added voluntary pension contributions

·Subsidised leisure membership with the Fit for Work scheme

*Terms and conditions apply to the welcome payment and market supplement. For further information please contact Jo Watts, Head of HR on 0115 907 1038

For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity please contact Richard Snow, Development Manager on 0115 9072204.

The closing date for applications is 24 July 2024 at midnight.

How to Apply 

Interested candidates can apply with a CV and a supporting statement, clearly demonstrating suitability and experience for the role. 

To submit a CV please click on the 'Apply Online' icon located at the foot of the page. You will be requested to provide some basic information before you upload your CV.


For further information about working for Erewash Borough Council and how to apply for this job please visit our website at https://www.erewash.gov.uk/jobs-section/jobs.html

Alternatively, an application form and job description are available from Human Resources, Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5RP, Telephone: 0115 931 6000 (24 hr. voicemail) or e-mail: [email protected]

If you are a current employee of Erewash Borough Council and you wish to apply for this vacancy, you must apply through your Employee Self Service account. If you do not have access to Employee Self Service, you must complete a paper or word version of Erewash Borough Council’s job application form.

The Council is positive about disabled people and those who meet the essential shortlisting requirements will be guaranteed an interview.

The Council also supports the Armed Forces Covenant and those who have previously worked in the armed forces and meet the essential shortlisting criteria will be guaranteed an interview.

Please ensure that you make it clear on your application form that you wish to be considered under these criteria.

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