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Planning Officer (Development Management)

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils
Place of work:
South Norfolk House, Long Stratton; Thorpe Lodge, Norwich
Salary details:
£26,493 to £31,119 per annum pro rata
Job term:
Full Time
37 hours per week
Closing date:
20 January 2022 01:00 PM
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Location: Mix of home working and Office (PrincipallyLong Stratton, close to Norwich with need also at Thorpe Lodge, Norwich)


Do you have a passion and vision to help shape future growth and planning in South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils?


Role Snapshot…

South Norfolk and Broadland Councils have an ambitious growth agenda and an emerging local plan for Greater Norwich to deliver against.  Our One Planning Team for the two Council’s is key to delivering this agenda.  We have a vacant Planning Officer role that will play an integral part of the team’s success and performance in providing pre-planning advice and determining planning applications for principally householder, minor and other applications.

Your strong organisational, time management, problem solving, negotiation and communication skills will enable you to be responsible for your own work and effect positive outcomes on applications in a fast paced and busy Development Management team. 


What you could be part of…

The two Councils receive circa 4000 applications per year, covering a diverse area including urban areas, rural areas and vibrant market towns.  We serve approximately 260,000 residents and 10,000 businesses across 161 parishes.  Our work therefore also encompasses both urban and rural planning, residential, retail, commercial and agricultural development.

We are an ambitious organisation and a dynamic, forward thinking and proactive multi-disciplinary Development Management team; seeking to deliver against the growth agenda, shaping and creating sustainable communities and protecting and enhancing our rich cultural heritage and landscape.

Working as one team across two Councils you will be part of a busy development management team working on a wide range of planning applications, influencing and shaping future development proposals and contributing to delivering successful outcomes.

Working at the Council enables you to be part of an organisation which is proud to deliver high-quality, customer focussed services. Our success comes from us being commercially astute and business-like.  Continuous improvement is also vital and we challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative ways to improve the services that make a real difference to people’s lives.


What you’ll be doing…

Processing general enquiries and advise on whether planning permission is required.


Assessing planning applications and discharge of condition applications including site inspections, publicity, liaison with technical consultees, negotiation with applicants/agents, objectors and the public.


Preparing delegated reports and recommendations to committee in respect of planning applications.


Preparing evidence, land use history and statements in the preparation of appeals.


Providing information and advice to the elected members, public and other parties on development management issues.


Undertaking project work/administrative duties in support of the work of the development management team, including monitoring compliance with planning permissions.


You will…  have a relevant qualification (HNC or related degree) and/or proven experience in a planning environment; ideally be working towards membership of the RTPI; and have a full driving licence.


What’s in it for you…

Our package includes:

  • 25 days holiday increasing to 28 days after 5 years service plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time employees)
  • Opportunity to work your hours flexibly to improve your work life balance (where operationally possible)
  • Employer pension contributions of 15% with the option to make additional voluntary contributions
  • Access to our One Team Rewards scheme including discounts in high street shops and restaurants, employee assistance programme and car lease scheme – with more to come!
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Regular reviews with your line manager, develop a personal development plan, as well as opportunities to undertake training
  • Compassionate leave and sickness entitlement for times of need 
  • Support towards volunteering days in the community and encouragement to be involved with fun activities to raise money for local and national charities.


You may still have questions about the roles and can contact Tracy Lincoln, Development Manager, 01508 533814 to answer these for you.

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