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Council HQ, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA
£44,090 - £49,656 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale.  

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00 (flexible working)
To start asap

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join East Lothian Council at this key time for our Development Service. We are looking for a new Planning Obligations Officer to ensure that infrastructure associated with development is delivered in alignment with housing and economic growth identified in the Council's Local Development Plan. The role will involve coordination in the securing, monitoring, gathering and expenditure of circa £120M of developer contributions towards education, amenity and transport infrastructure, as well as supporting the delivery of affordable housing.

The person we are looking for will have a professional background and an understanding of the planning obligations process. Can you bring innovative ideas to this vital role involving improving and managing systems and negotiating with developers to secure obligations. Are you confident, enthusiastic and ready to collaborate across multiple Council services to support growth in East Lothian and to continue to make it to be successful place to live, work and enjoy. If this is you, please apply and tell us how your experience matches our aspirations and requirements.

Interviews for this post will be conducted on 8th February.

Home Working Consideration
Although usually office based, this post may be considered for a homeworking contract (either fully or on an ad hoc basis) in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies, and the requirements of the service.


Job Details

To contribute to the development of policy and methodologies for Developer Obligations and manage the Developer Obligations process across Council Services for the effective and efficient delivery of financial and other contributions, by securing and implementing developer contributions to offset the impact of development on infrastructure and services. 

To ensure the successful delivery of planned growth, oversee the implementation of key 
strategic development sites by liaising closely across Council departments and community planning partners, particularly Education, Legal, Property, Transportation, Planning and Housing.

Negotiate with house builders and developers as sites come forward, ensuring the Council retains the control and influence that was envisaged at planning approval. 

To demonstrate a commitment to quality service delivery through continuous improvement for the benefit of the organisation.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The East Lothian Way
The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.


Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Professionally qualified in a relevant discipline, e.g. planning, legal, property, finance or project management profession and able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge skills and competencies gained through relevant experience. 


Additional Information

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