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Planning Policy Officers / Full time

East Devon District Council

£29,577 - £32,234

Honiton, South West



Hours of Work Negotiable
Grade 7 (£29,577 - £32,234)

We currently have exciting opportunities for two Planning Policy Officers to join our friendly and expanding policy team tasked with, and at the initial stages of, producing a new district wide local plan.  East Devon is a district of contrast with exceptional areas of natural and built heritage, which within Planning Policy we aim to protect and enhance, but we also have a growth agenda with significant ongoing development in the district.  

The contrasting characteristics of East Devon, along with ensuring we get the right development in the right places to meet the needs of our communities, will ensure a varied workload with the scope to lead on and develop areas of specialism and interest. 

As a Planning Policy Officer, you’ll assist in the process of developing and monitoring planning policy.  You’ll undertake research and data collection to support the work of the Planning Policy service, prepare planning policy documents and assist in the preparation, presentation and monitoring of feedback for consultation exercises.

You should have a good understanding of current and evolving Planning Policy systems, and an understanding of the Planning Policy process.  You’ll also have an analytical and objective approach to evaluating information along with excellent communication skills and attention to detail.  With a degree or equivalent in Planning or a similar subject, you’ll ideally be eligible for (or working towards) Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Ideally, we are seeking a full time Planning Policy Officer (37 hours per week) and a part time Officer (29.6 hours per week), however, hours of work may be negotiable. 

These positions are based in Honiton however, there will be flexibility with regards to homeworking.  Furthermore, in return for your commitment, you’ll receive an excellent benefits package which includes generous annual leave, flexi-time, access to Local Government Pension Scheme, salary sacrifice cycle scheme and the employee assistance programme. In addition, you’ll also be encouraged to take advantage of the council’s outstanding learning and development opportunities.

A valid driving licence and your own car are essential for both positions (reasonable adjustments may be possible according to the Equality Act).


To apply online, please visit https://jobs.eastdevon.gov.uk/. For an informal discussion, please contact Matt Dickens, Planning Policy Manager on 01395 571540 or email [email protected].  

Closing date:  Sunday 21st March 2021. 
Interviews: w/c 29th March 2021.

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