Senior Planning Officer x 2 - Working for Essex
Salary: £33,630 - £38,211
Closing date: 08 Jul 2024
Location: Maldon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17169
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Senior Planning Officer x 2

Maldon District Council

Permanent, Full Time

£33,630 - £38,211

Location: Maldon

Closing Date: 9th July 2024

Essex County Council are delighted to be supporting Maldon District Council to recruit two Senior Planning Officers.

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Offering flexible new ways of agile working with the Council Offices based at Princes Road, Maldon available as required.

The Opportunity:

Maldon District Council are excited to share that they are looking to appoint a Senior Planning Officer on a permanent basis. As experienced members of the team, you will bring a breadth of experience and knowledge, and a thirst to develop and establish your abilities covering a range of minor classified applications up to minor major applications. The busy Development Management team processes in excess of 1,500 planning applications each year of a broad variety, which present an interesting and challenging mix of planning issues, including two Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

This is a great career development opportunity for a Planner looking for their next step up in a team where you will be offered both practical support and professional development to enable you to realise that potential.

Why Maldon District Council?

Maldon District is a unique place with a population of 67,500. Located just 40 miles from London, with the bordering cities of Chelmsford and Colchester close by, the District is world-renowned for its history, wildlife, stunning 75-mile saltmarsh coast.

With generous holiday entitlement, flexible working hours and free parking as part of the benefits package, Maldon District Council are committed to supporting their employees and to make you feel that joining them is the right decision for your career.

Role Purpose:

  • To contribute towards the delivery a high quality, customer focused Planning & Implementation department with high standards of advice and support, resolving cases of varying complexities in Development Management.
  • Ensure compliance with statutory regulations, legislation, professional codes of practice and adherence to Council policy. Deliver projects, interventions and initiatives and contribute towards service development in line with corporate and business plans.
  • To deal effectively and efficiently with planning applications ensuring cases are managed and completed at the appropriate level of skillset, pre-applications, planning appeals and general enquiries.
  • Ensure and develop appropriate levels of quality and specialist knowledge with other Planning & Implementation colleagues.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Deliver customer-focused specialist advice and services in Development Management, keeping up to date with current and emerging legislation, best practice and policy to ensure continuous development and improvement in services.
  • Manage complex and/or contentious planning applications, pre-applications, processes and compliance, regulations and legislation, acting as the single point of contact for customers on those cases.
  • Prepare and present reports to Area Planning Committees, District Planning Committee, and other internal and external meetings and present evidence/stand as witness at planning appeal hearings and public inquiries.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation, as well as Members and managing key relationships with partners including Essex County Council and Local Councils and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the updating of relevant information systems, in accordance with Data Protection principles.
  • Ensure own personal and professional development is maintained and maintain a thorough up-to-date knowledge of relevant law, policies, working practices and procedures.
  • Support, guide and advise Graduate Planners and Technical Support colleagues, as necessary.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Previous planning experience is essential for this role, from either a local authority or private sector background.
  • Educated to degree level in Planning or a relevant subject.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with colleagues and demonstrate excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Good working knowledge of legislation and developments in Planning; able to give advice and guidance on a broad range of cases and topics.
  • Knowledge of legislation, guidance and regulations relating to development management (case work) & planning appeals.


Interviews will held on 18th and 19th July 2024 at the Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL.

This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking local authority based in Maldon, an area which boasts an enviable quality of life and stunning countryside, yet within easy reach of London. We promote a professionalwork environment with a focus on self-development, innovation, and collaborative working.

If this interests you, we look forward to receiving your application.

For an informal discussion about this position

Michael Johnson, Head of Service: Development Management & Building Control on 01621 732668,

Matthew Winslow, Assistant Director, Planning & Implementation on 01621 732799,

Louise Butler, Specialist Recruitment Consultant, Essex County Council,

or download and read the job description.

To apply

Complete the application form online. CVs will not be accepted.

Please note: All interview notifications will be sent via e-mail. Please ensure you provide an e-mail address so that we can make contact with you.

It is Council policy not to respond to applicants who have not been shortlisted for interview. Therefore should you not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful.

Guidance notes for applicants and further documents are available here.

In addition to a competitive salary you will be entitled to participate in the Local Government Pension Scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice car lease scheme and will benefit from free parking in the Council Office car park. You will also be entitled to discounted local gym membership and payment of one annual professional fee (if applicable). You will also have access to a range of work/life balance policies.

As part of any recruitment process, the Council collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The Council is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. For more information please see the Council’s Privacy Notice to understand your rights.

Maldon District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Disclosure and Barring checks will be undertaken according to the responsibilities of the role.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, culture and experience. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, sex, disability, marital status and other protected characteristics.