Planning Assistant (Development Management)

Redditch, Worcestershire
£23,080 - £25,481 per annum
16 Nov 2021
29 Nov 2021
Dale Birch
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Planning Assistant (Development Management)

Bromsgrove District Council

Grade 5 (SCP 14 – 19)

£23,080 - £25,481 per annum

37 hours per week


Who are we?

Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council are neighbouring Authorities in north Worcestershire.  The Development Management team is a shared planning service between the two Authorities, with Bromsgrove District Council as the host. We are an enthusiastic, dedicated and friendly team comprising highly experienced Planners and those at the very beginning of their planning career.    

Where are we?

We are located in North Worcestershire, between Herefordshire and Warwickshire. We are accessible from major motorways, trains and bus services.  Bromsgrove is an attractive rural district, with an ancient market town at its centre.   Redditch was formerly a market town until 1964 when it was designated as a New Town; a status it maintained up until 1985.  The Borough has an urban north and a rural south.

What do we want you to do?

You will deal with a varied and interesting caseload of predominantly householder planning applications, in addition to interpreting the complexity of permitted development legislation and interacting with a number of external agencies and organisations and other departments across the two Councils.  The application  of your basic planning knowledge will help us to protect and enhance an environment of both intense Green Belt pressure and a traditional manufacturing landscape.

The Development Management team are predominantly home-based, with a flexible hybrid approach to working that allows opportunities to work from an office environment at the Council offices in Bromsgrove and Redditch (subject to complying with current advice and guidance).

What do you need to be shortlisted?

You must meet the following two essential criteria:

  • Have a basic knowledge of Development Management legislation
  • Be educated to Degree level or above OR have relevant planning experience

Why should you join us?

To build your planning experience within a supportive and progressive unit, whilst being part of an ongoing period of transition and challenge for our busy and dynamic department.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a fantastic, family-friendly team that consistently delivers high quality development and outstanding standards of customer service.   

A strong part of our approach is to provide direction and an active mentoring role to continually develop technical expertise within the team.  This includes an emphasis on encouraging and supporting CPD.  Our aim is to develop and grow the next generation of Planners across the District and Borough.

We also offer the following benefits:

  • Home working focus, with supplied IT equipment and dedicated IT assistance
  • Flexible working scheme, which includes the ability to work flexible hours and a range of other flexible and part-time working patterns
  • 23 days annual leave rising to 28 after five years local government service plus statutory holidays and one fixed day per annum
  • Support for continuing professional development and progression
  • Smart, modern offices in Redditch Town Centre located within walking distance to bus and train stations and major retailers
  • Historic offices in Bromsgrove Town Centre located within walking distance to the bus station and a variety of major and independent retailers
  • Free and secure staff parking at both the Bromsgrove and Redditch offices
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Use of 24 hour employee assistance programme offering free legal and personal advice
  • Car, technology, Cycle2Work, Healthcare salary sacrifice opportunities

Want more information?

Please see the attached job description and person specification and if you do require further details please contact Dale Birch, Development Management Manager, on 01527 881341 or email

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is midnight on Monday 29 November 2021.

The interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams week commencing 6 December 2021 (alternative dates can be made available if requested).

How to apply?
Please complete an application form (template attached) and return to HR at

If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, you should assume that unfortunately your application was not successful on this occasion.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all Sections of the Community.

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