Planning Officer/Senior Planning Officer (Development Management)

North Hertfordshire is an attractive area with a population of over 120,000 and subject to considerable pressure for growth and change.  Much of the District is, however, still rural in character embracing parts of the Chilterns AONB, the East Anglian Heights and with the attractive towns of Hitchin, Royston, Baldock and world's first Garden City of Letchworth and villages set in beautiful countryside.  The District Council has a reputation for securing the maximum benefit to the area from new development and in securing the highest quality development.

You will require a relevant Town Planning qualification with membership of the RTPI  (or equivalent) and have a suitable level of experience.  Those working towards their qualifications will also be considered. This post requires a driving licence and a car for working purposes.

Within Development Management you will be responsible for handling a varied caseload of applications as well as being responsible for providing pre-application advice. Site visits, negotiations and the writing of delegated file notes or committee reports are involved.

You will need to be well organised with proven verbal, written and presentation skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.  You should also possess initiative and good interpersonal skills and be familiar with IT.

Interviews to be arranged for week commencing 4 May 2021. 

Special Conditions: 
We can offer you an excellent benefits package including a pension scheme, generous leave allowance including Christmas close down period, flexi-time, leisure concessions and more.
Salary Range: 
£25,956 to £42,924 per annum & frequent car user allowance
Closing Date: 
Friday, 23 April 2021 - 12:00pm
Interviews to be held on: 
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Reference Number: 
Further Info: 

If you are interested in this position, you can find out more details by looking at the attached documents at the bottom of this page.

If you would like an informal chat about the post, you can contact Simon Ellis (01462 464264) Development and Conservation Manager –

How to apply: 

To apply for a position you must complete the online application form and submit it to be received by us no later than midday on the closing date.  Please note that we do not accept CV applications, either on their own or accompanying application forms. Therefore please ensure that all relevant information is provided on the application form.

To apply, please follow the link below to our online recruitment service:

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If you have any questions or require assistance, please email and one of our team will respond to you.

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Please read the advertisement, job description, person specification and additional information carefully before completing the application form.

When completing the application form you should target your skills and experience towards the criteria listed in the person specification and provide examples to demonstrate how you are able to meet each criteria.

As part of the application form we ask for Monitoring Information. Please remember to complete this section as it is essential in enabling the Council to monitor the effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity policy. Please note that this information is not passed on to the Recruiting Manager during the application process (it is retained in Human Resources for monitoring purposes) to ensure that each application is shortlisted based solely on information relating to the post.

If you are selected to attend for interview we will let you know approximately 5 working days before the interview date. In the event of you not hearing by this date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

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