Senior Planning Officer

£36,528 - £39,567 (Full time 37 hours per week)

Band 8

Permanent/Full-time

Eastleigh Borough Council is an ambitious and progressive Council. We are recognised for our innovation and achievements, whilst delivering high quality service to our customers and the community.  We are looking for a Senior Planning Officer to work in the Service Delivery Directorate as a case officer and as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing specialist Development Management advice to achieve high quality outcomes that contribute to the delivery of the Council’s Housing and Development strategy.

Professionally you will be stretched, however in return, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of residential and commercial major and minor applications for urban and countryside sites within a Borough which is planning for significant new development in line with an emerging Development Plan.

Experience of working in Development Management on a variety of applications in a timely manner, including some major sites is essential, as is experience of securing improvements to proposed schemes and negotiating S106 agreements  You will need to demonstrate that you can work positively and proactively with applicants, other professionals and the public to solve problems and deliver appropriate proposals.

You will also need to possess strong political awareness, excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate the ability to present at committees and represent the Council at appeals. An ability to manage competing priorities and remain calm, even when the pressure of workload is high, is essential.

You will have gained an Honours or Postgraduate Degree in Town Planning or equivalent, and have, or be working towards, membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

If you are excited by this opportunity and feel you have the skills, experience and attitude we are looking for we would love to hear from you.  At Eastleigh, we are committed to supporting and developing all our staff and creating a culture that is inclusive, innovative and enjoyable.  We offer a good range of benefits and facilities which include:

Benefits of working at Eastleigh Borough Council include:

  • 25-28 days annual leave dependant on service
  • Flexible working arrangements and ability to accrue up to 2 days additional flexi leave per month (subject to operational requirements)
  • Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
  • Places Leisure, Eastleigh – 30% off Full Membership
  • Confidential Employee Advice and Support Programme
  • Car and Season Ticket loans
  • Excellent working environment
  • Support for continuous professional development
  • Payment of professional or registration fees where these are required for your role
  • Good work life balance

For an informal discussion please contact Andy Grandfield, Lead Specialist Housing and Development on 02380 688267.

For further information and to apply please visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk, send your application form and CV to hrinfo@eastleigh.gov.uk

Closing date:             29 December 2019
Interview dates:        16 January 2020 & 20 January 2020