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Job Title: Senior Planner (DM)

Neath Port Talbot Council

£36,298 - £40,478

Contract Type:
Full time

Neath, Wales

Senior Planner / Senior Planning Officer


Job Sector:
Principal Planner

Closing Date:
31st March 2023

Senior Town Planner

Local Government

Development Management


Senior Planner, Development Management 
Permanent (37 Hours a Week)
Salary: £36,298 - £40,478 per annum.

Planning and Public Protection – The Quays, Baglan Energy Park, Neath

We are offering the exciting opportunity to join Team NPT on our mission to make Neath Port Talbot a place where people are proud to live, learn, work, and raise their families.
As with the rest of the country, the post Covid-19 landscape presents significant challenges but also opportunities. Here at Neath Port Talbot Council we intend to make the most of these opportunities, building on the enormous community and partnership response during the pandemic.

And, as we are moving towards recovery, you will play a key role in progressing our ambitious capital investment programme including new schools, town centre regeneration, and culture, tourism and leisure projects. We are also leading on the delivery of a regional City Deal programme of projects to boost low carbon growth, support our steel industry, and create high quality jobs in the innovation and cleantech sectors.

This beautiful part of south Wales is located between the cities of Swansea and Cardiff, close to the Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons. Valleys and waterfalls, rivers and coastline provide a backdrop for many activities including walking, mountain biking and surfing. With over 140,000 residents and service users, this is a thriving area, rich in history, but with eyes fixed firmly on the future.

About the Role

We are looking for a Senior Planner to join our Development Management team and gain significant experience of working within a progressive authority.. 

These are exciting times in Neath Port Talbot. There is lots to do with innovative and ground-breaking initiatives to be part of. Over the next few years we will be dealing with a huge range of applications including new wind farms as Developments of National Significance (DNS), transformational projects such as the ‘Global Centre of Rail Excellence’ (GCRE) and the ‘Wildfox Resorts Afan Valley’, as well as a number of other large scale education, employment and tourism related developments.

As we move through post-Covid economic recovery, we want to ensure planning plays its part in facilitating new development. We deal with a wide variety of residential, commercial, leisure, energy and other exciting developments, offering you a great opportunity to gain or build upon your experience or knowledge.

You will have responsibility for managing a mixed case load of planning applications covering a wide range of development proposals, and any associated appeals, as well as the opportunity to work on larger development projects, controversial planning applications and appeal cases.

About You

You are highly motivated and already very experienced in delivering high quality development quickly. You will also have a vision for how Development Management Services and Planning Enforcement should be delivered in the post-Covid era.

You have experience of serving Planning Committees and thrive in a position where you can shape services that really deliver for residents and customers. 

If you’re up to the challenge, we look forward to hearing from you.

Further Info

The post requires a planning qualification to Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) standard or equivalent relevant Development Management experience. 

It is also essential that you have the ability to travel throughout the County Borough.

Welsh language skills are not required but are desirable.

We are all currently working on a hybrid basis  at home and office, and there will be opportunities in future for such remote working to continue as the council moves permanently to a more flexible, hybrid way of working.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Development Manager, Mr Chris Davies on 01639 686726 or email [email protected] 

How to Apply

You may apply online, https://www.npt.gov.uk/29932 or contact the HR Employment Support Team by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone (01639) 686837 quoting the post title.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English. Please ensure you refer to the criteria outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification when completing your application.

We anticipate that interviews will be held the week commencing 10th April 2023.

Closing Date: 31st March, 2023                Welsh: Not required but Desirable 

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