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Senior Planning Officer (Dorchester, Dorset)

Salary details: £32234 - £37890

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Salary details
£32,234 - £37,890
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Ann Collins
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 252437
Closing Date
25 April 2021
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Senior Planning Officer (Grade 11)

Salary: £32,234 - £37,890

Location: Dorchester, with potential for significant home working

Both full-time and part-time roles available

Protect it. Shape it. Enjoy it. Be part of Dorset

Dorset is a beautiful and iconic area, with historic market towns and miles of stunning coast. But it’s also a place of growth and innovation, with a population of 375,000 and an economy worth over £7 billion. To serve this unique area, a new unitary council was established in 2019. Bold and ambitious, with a One Team approach, we’re taking Dorset into the future – and our Planning team is taking centre stage.

Our Planning team is set to deal with 5,000 planning applications a year – everything from significant urban extensions, to small scale, householder projects. To make sure each one has a positive impact on our area, we need Senior Planning Officers to join us in both our ‘majors’ and ‘fast-track’ teams and have opportunities in two of our area based teams.

With considerable post-qualification experience in planning, you will be confident dealing with complex applications, including negotiating any necessary planning obligations, presenting applications to committee, and representing the council at hearings and public inquiries. For roles within one of our ‘majors’ teams, you will have the opportunity to deal with a varied caseload of major applications across one of our three planning committee areas. Roles within our ‘fast track’ teams will have a key role in assisting the Team Leader with management of the team, including allocating work, undertaking case reviews and signing off applications under the council’s scheme of delegation, as well as having your own varied caseload of applications. All roles call for affinity with our values: Responsibility, Respect, Recognition and Collaboration.

With a team that lives by these principles, we have a friendly workplace where you’ll be free to learn and thrive. Employee benefits are generous and include a local government pension, flexible working for many roles and continual learning and development. With beautiful beaches and countryside on your doorstep too, a Planning career in Dorset comes with everything you need.

Closing date for applications: 25 April 2021

Interview date: Week commencing 10 May 2021

Please clearly state on your application the preferred role (‘fast-track’ or ‘majors’ team) which you wish to apply for.

If you would like to discuss the job vacancy in further detail please contact the relevant manager as detailed below:

Southern/Western locations (Dorchester office) - Ann Collins (ann.collins@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk)

Northern locations (Dorchester office) – Hannah Smith (hannah.smith@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk) or Andy Collins (andrew.collins@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk)

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

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