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Senior Planning Officer

  • Employer: Guildford Borough Council
  • Reference: 2/24/286665
  • Published: Mon 08/07/2024, 10:23 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/08/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,110 - £48,519
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Millmead House Offices, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB, Surrey

Guildford Borough is a regional centre for leisure, business, education, retail and culture.  Guildford is a thriving market town that has maintained much of its historic character and is a principal shopping destination with a vibrant night-time economy. The town’s location provides excellent transport links as well as providing the balance of being surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the Surrey Hills National Landscape. All of these factors contribute to a quality of life that makes it one of the best places to live in the UK.

We want to appoint an enthusiastic and committed officer to join our skilled Planning Development Management Service which deals with a wide range of planning projects with a number of competing constraints including Green Belt, Flood Plain, National Landscape and a significant number of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.    

It is an excellent time to join Guildford, the Authority has an up to date local plan, with a keen focus on preserving the Borough’s heritage and landscape whilst ensuring that the Borough provides high quality homes and access to employment.  You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of application types including householder applications, minors and small majors.  You may also have the opportunity to assist Principal Planning Officers on major projects and support team leaders in ensuring developments benefit the Borough and help maintain it as an attractive place to work and live. 

 

What’s in it for you? 

 

The offices are located by the River Wey, close to Guildford Town Centre and a short walk from Guildford Railway Station.  The post benefits from on site parking as an essential car user.  As a council we offer many employee benefits; flexible working arrangements; an essential car user allowance; Private Medical Insurance, currently free staff parking, Hybrid working, payment of one professional membership per annum, mileage allowance and training and development opportunities where required.   

 

We also provide health and wellbeing initiatives, an employee assistance program and staff discounts off a range of well-known high street shops and supermarkets.  

 

In this role you would: 

  • Be responsible for own caseload of applications, pre applications and appeals and ensuring all developments are of the highest standard, with robust decisions. 
  • Present applications to Planning Committee and meet with prospective applicants and provide planning advice.   
  • Provide planning advice to internal and external stakeholders 
  • Be able to work independently and within a team.   

 

To succeed in this role, you will be able to demonstrate: 

 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence in dealing with people; 
  • Proven ability to give sound advice and guidance  
  • Have an open minded and positive approach  
  • Excellent ability to reason, process information, 
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a high performing team; 
  • Excellent organisational skills; 
  • The ability to adapt to change and use initiative; and  
  • The ability to learn and adapt to new systems and processes 
  • A good team player

 

Qualifications 

 

Degree in a relevant subject 

RTPI membership desirable or eligible for membership 

Driving Licence  

 

 

Interview date – TBC

If you do not hear from us within two weeks from the closing date you have not been successful on this occasion.   

 

If you would like an informal opportunity to learn more about the role, please email John Busher Development Management (Majors) Lead john.busher@guildford.gov.uk or Justin Williams Area Team Leader justin.williams@guildford.gov.uk

About Guildford

Guildford is a regional centre for leisure, business, education, shopping and culture set in beautiful countryside that includes the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Guildford is a thriving market town and is a principal shopping destination with a vibrant night time economy. The town’s geographical location provides excellent transport links in all directions, London is just 30 minutes away on the train and the town is well-served by frequent bus routes and subsidised Park and Ride facilities.  All of this contributes to a quality of life that attracts many people to live, work in and visit Guildford.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and post-holders to share this commitment.  To fulfil this commitment we have robust systems in place for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers.

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  • Employer: Guildford Borough Council
  • Reference: 2/24/286665
  • Published: Mon 08/07/2024, 10:23 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/08/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £41,110 - £48,519
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Millmead House Offices, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB, Surrey

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