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Senior Planning Policy Officer / Full time

East Devon District Council

£32,910 - £36,922

Honiton, South West


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Senior Planning Policy Officer
Full Time & Permanent
Grade 8 (£32,910 - £36,922)

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Planning Policy Officer 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. 

In the interesting and varied role of Senior Planning Policy Officer, you’ll assist the Planning Policy Manager with the preparation of the local plan, leading in key policy areas and producing supporting policy documents whilst achieving the priorities and objectives of the Council.  This will include undertaking research activities to establish need and desirability for development and to inform policy choices for such land uses as residential, employment and other schemes.

You’ll have a degree or equivalent in a Planning or related subject and be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  An excellent communicator with the ability to engage effective with others, you’ll have previous relevant experience and a good understanding of current and evolving Planning Policy systems and the planning process.

This position is 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 the role (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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