Planning Officer/Senior Planning Officer (Strategic Planning & Enterprise)

Full–time (37 hours a week), flexible hours and Home working, Permanent Contract

Salary - £26,712 - £40,140 per annum, dependent upon experience (Career Graded post)

North Hertfordshire District Council is a large rural district with four historic towns, Hitchin, Baldock, Royston and Letchworth Garden City, located less than 40 miles north of London. North Hertfordshire is an exciting place to live and work. Promoting sustainable growth and preparing and delivering the Local Plan for the District are key corporate priorities.

Following the submission of the Local Plan for 16,000 homes we are looking for a forward-thinking and enthusiastic Planner or Senior Planner to assist in progressing the Council’s Local Plan toward adoption. There will also be opportunities to be involved in other areas of planning policy and initiatives, such as housing, economic, transport and environmental initiatives, including neighbourhood planning.

We are looking for an individual who can take on a demanding and varied workload. A good knowledge of contemporary planning is essential. We are ideally looking for a candidate with at least two years planning experience, but will also consider exceptional candidates seeking to kick-start their planning career.

You will require a relevant Town Planning qualification and should be eligible to work towards full membership of the RTPI.

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.

Special Conditions: 
We can offer you an excellent benefits package including professional fees a pension scheme, generous leave allowance, homeworking, flexi-time, leisure concessions and more.
Salary Range: 
£26,712 - £40,140 per annum (Career Graded post)
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 12:00pm
Interview to be held on: 
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
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 Louise Symes, Strategic Planning & Projects Manager on 01462 474359 or Nigel Smith, Principal Strategic Planning Officer on 01462 474847.

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, please call our helpline on 01462 474556, email us at, or by Text Phone on 01462 474800.

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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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