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Job Title: Principal Planning Officer (PT)

Tunbridge Wells BC

£46,284 (Pro-rata)

Contract Type:
Part time

Tunbridge Wells, South East

Job Level:
Principal Planning Officer (Part Time)


Closing Date:
13/05/2024 at 23:59

Town Planning

Local Authority

Development Management


Are you an existing Principal Planning Officer looking for an excellent opportunity to broaden your experience and knowledge, or are you an experienced, highly motivated planner seeking to take the next step in your planning career? Are you looking to be part of a dedicated and friendly service, working in interesting and valued rural environments? Then this role is for you.

Tunbridge Wells is a great place to live, do business and visit. The Council has a clear, coherent, and powerful vision for the future set out in our Building a Better Borough Council Plan which sets out the priorities for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

We have a flexible approach throughout our Planning Service, which is to support staff as they develop, providing opportunities to broaden and deepen their experience and skills to progress their career in planning, as well as the opportunity to work across both Planning Policy and Development Management, depending on the business needs of the Service and the career aspirations of the successful candidate. 

We are interested in hearing from positive, enthusiastic, and conscientious candidates with excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills; you will be well organised and able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.

The Council has a new, emerging Local Plan currently at Examination, with the Inspectors initial findings having been received, and a public consultation relating to the Council’s proposed changes to the Local Plan in response to the Initial Findings, being undertaken.  We are also in the early stages of preparing a Town Centre Plan for Royal Tunbridge Wells; the postholder will work on both of these, as well as emerging Neighbourhood Plans.

Benefits Include:

  • 26 Days Annual Leave plus bank holidays,  increasing to 29 after 5 years’ continuous service
  • Membership to Local Government Pension Scheme with 19.7% employer contribution
  • Career development and training opportunities
  • Access to eye care vouchers and VDU Glasses
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to EAP Services 24/7
  • Hybrid Working
  • Free parking 
To find out more take a look at the Job Description and Person Specification below.  For an informal discussion about this post, you can contact Ellen Gilbert, Planning Policy Manager on 01892 554059 or email [email protected], or Carlos Hone, Head of Planning Services on 01892 554458 or email [email protected] 

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Closing Date:                Midnight Monday 13 May 2024

Interview Date:             Week commencing 20 May 2024

How to apply

We only accept online applications. If you require access to a computer and/or the internet, you can use our facilities free of charge at The Amelia Scott. Please call ahead to book an appointment Tel. 01892 554171. 

Please follow the link below to submit your application.

Equal Opportunities

Tunbridge Wells – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.

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