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Municipal Buildings, Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AW
£35,987 - £39,363 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

This position has expired.

Service:  Planning and Regulatory Services 

Closing Date:  Monday 20th September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape one of the most beautiful and diverse regions of Scotland. Argyll and Bute stretches from the Central Belt encompassing large towns such as Dunoon and Helensburgh right through to the west coast and beyond, taking in Oban, Lochgilphead, Campbeltown as well as 23 inhabited islands including Tiree, Mull, Islay and the Atlantic Islands. Development interest varies considerably ranging from large scale windfarms, aquaculture, housing, commerce and retail and minor householder developments.  Our built environment is also one of our key assets and we benefit from thirty two Conservation Areas.  You will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of projects.

The Planning Department is looking to recruit a motivated professional to be based in our Oban office and be responsible for processing planning applications and monitoring of development in and around the town as well as Lorn, Tiree, Mull, Coll and the Atlantic Islands.

The successful candidate will help us deliver first class customer service, implement the aspirations of our growth led Local Development Plan (LDP) and maintain positive performance.

We expect the post holder to be responsible for a diverse caseload including dealing primarily with householder and local developments and opportunity for involvement in major development applications, pre-application enquiries, planning enforcement, monitoring, appeals, local reviews and other related projects. They will need to work effectively in a team as well as using initiative to manage workload, performance and travel to sites independently across a large geographic area.

Remuneration will be dependent on experience and qualifications and may be suited to recently qualified graduates. If you are a graduate with a planning (or similar) degree the Council shall support you towards obtaining professional accreditation of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The salary scale for newly qualified candidates without 2 years post qualification experience will be Scottish Local Government Employee (SLGE) 9, which is between £27,592 and £30,147 per year, and for experienced candidates SLGE11, which is between £ 35,987 and £ 39,363 per year. The post holder will be contracted to 35 hours per week and will be entitled to flexitime.

Living in Argyll and Bute also provides great quality of life with breath-taking scenery and world class leisure opportunities including sailing, walking, cycling canoeing and camping on your doorstep.

The post is based at Municipal Buildings, Oban. Whilst COVID restrictions on use of offices remain in place the postholder would be expected to work from home with a requirement to travel to/from/about the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area to undertake site visits/team engagement/training as necessary. Once COVID restrictions on office attendance are removed the postholder will be expected to be available to work from the Municipal Buildings office when required.

Applicants should note that:-

This post is not suitable for job share.

To apply for this vacancy, please click on the Apply Now button at the top of this page.

If you would like clarification on any information contained within the vacancy advert and/or the job description you will require to speak with the recruiting manager, who is Peter Bain, Development Manager, 

Please note that you cannot apply for this vacancy by contacting the recruiting manager, applications must be made by clicking on the Apply Now button at the top of this page.

Please also note that we do not accept CV’s, only applications completed and submitted via the Apply Now button on this page.

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