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Assistant Planner / Planner / Full time

West Sussex County Council

£23,484 - £32,798

Chichester, South Central



Assistant Planner / Planner

We have a great opportunity to join our team in Planning Services at West Sussex County Council...

About The Job

We have a great opportunity for a graduate to join our team at West Sussex County Council. The post to work in delivering our planning duties, gaining experience and further training in this career grade post. We are looking for an Assistant Planner/ Planner to be based at Chichester, however, there are hybrid working opportunities.

The work of the Service includes undertaking statutory and other functions relating to planning, highways, and development, influencing other decision-makers, and working in partnership with other organisations and bodies to achieve a range of broad and, sometimes, long-term outcomes.

Salary:  £23,484 - £32,798 per annum, depending on skills and experience.
Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week, flexible working available.
Location: County Hall, Chichester
Interview Date: 28th and 29th July 2022.

Planning Policy and Infrastructure is one of seven teams in Planning Services, which is part of the Highways, Transport and Planning Directorate. The overall aims of Planning Services are to ensure that decisions made about planning and development make a positive difference to the economy, people and places of West Sussex, and to enable the delivery of the right infrastructure, in the right place, at the right time.

For more information about West Sussex County Council, please visit our WSCC About Us page.

The advertised post is an integral part of the dedicated and experienced team, undertaking the roles and responsibilities of the Council in its planning functions. The County Council is the Waste Planning Authority and the Minerals Planning Authority for West Sussex (excluding those parts of the County covered by the South Downs National Park). It is responsible for the delivery of functions, duties and services associated with minerals and waste planning policy, as well as other land-use planning policy matters.

The Assistant Planner / Planner Officer would be involved in a range of land-use planning policy matters, including preparation of the statutory minerals and waste local plans, its supporting evidence base and monitoring of the plans, as well as responding to planning policy consultations. This includes strategic and local planning policy issues, in particular liaising with the local planning authorities about the preparation of their local plans and the potential implications for County Council services and functions as well as working on the key neighbourhood plans in the County. The role also includes working with services to identify infrastructure associated with new development and assist the delivery of infrastructure through the allocation of developer contributions. The role involves working with the local planning authorities, the area economic partnerships and other partners, on planning to deliver strategic priorities for West Sussex.

If you are degree level qualified and experience of working in planning, or have a degree in a relevant subject and are interested in developing a career in this interesting service area we look forward to hearing from you.

Experience and Skills

This position is a career grade post, therefore please refer to the individual job descriptions for the Key Skills and Qualifications and/or experience. If successfully offered, you will be appointed at the grade relevant to your skills and experience level.

There is a further opportunity in the same team for a flood risk management officer, please look up these details if you consider your skills or experience may be more suited to that opportunity.

Rewards and Benefits

In addition to working within a great team and a brilliant opportunity you will receive:

A competitive salary.
24-26 days annual leave + bank holidays.
A generous pension scheme.
Flexible working.
Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring.
A strong supportive management team.
Up to 13 flexi days a year
A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 (Including: Argos, Samsung, Asos, B&Q and many more).
Free access to employee assistance programmes.
Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres.
Car benefit scheme.
A range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, go to our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for these roles are EIE00907.

For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the roles, please contact Caroline West, Planning Policy and Infrastructure Team Manager at [email protected]  For issues or queries regarding your application please contact [email protected]

To apply, please follow the links below upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.

The role involves some outdoor work for which wearing personal protective equipment is necessary. You will also need to be able to travel independently around the County, including to areas that are not easily accessible by public transport. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran’s Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.  

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