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Waverley Court 4 East Market Street, EH8 8BG
£37,589 - £44,934 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Description


Senior Planning Officer (20 Minute Neighbourhood)

Salary: £37,589 to £44,934

Hours: 36 per week

Cities across the world have been adopting policies to promote localism as a means of tackling key strategic issues such as poverty, wellbeing, climate change and sustainability. The Business Plan: Our Future Council, Our Future City, proposes to “develop and support a network of ‘20-minute neighbourhoods’ where public transport and active travel are the best options for getting around and our streets are designed for people, supporting their local businesses.” This sits under Outcome 12 in the Business Plan: people can access the support they need in the place they live and work. The focus of the 20 minute neighbourhood should not be on the name or the number of minutes. We want to take an approach in place-making, that allows residents to travel short distances from home to most of the services they use day to day, shopping, education, community and healthcare.

We are looking for a Senior Planning Officer to join the 20 Minute Neighbourhood Team.

This is an exciting programme working not only across the Council, but also with our partners and residents to make a real difference for our Communities.

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases in line with our Performance Management.

We're committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience, and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.

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Detailed knowledge of the statutory planning system including listed building and conservation area legislation

Good understanding of current thinking on principles for good urban design and place-making Able to communicate complex, technical information both in writing and orally to elected members.

Able to relate well to other professional disciplines and foster strong working relationships.

Able to negotiate with other professionals to achieve a good planning outcome.

Good interpersonal skills and able to relate well to customers, elected members, community groups and the general public.


To lead and project manage the provision of professional planning services that enable the Council to fulfil statutory duties and deliver related services.

The post will operate within the 20 minute neighbourhood programme.

The Individual

At least five years experience of working as a professional planner in a planning environment.

At least three years experience of working on significant local developments

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