Planning Officer (Development Management)

£33,207 to £37,256 per annum
27 May 2022
26 Jun 2022
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Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Flexible hours

Welcome to Worcester City Council

Work for Worcester - help us transform the city

It is a very exciting time to join Worcester City Council as we move forward with our ambitious plans for the city. We have been extremely successful in attracting over £40m of Government funding and we are working to help deliver multi-million pound regeneration schemes.

We are passionate about our city, committed to seeking excellence in everything we do and want to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit. Looking ahead we are committed to making Worcester a unique tourist destination. Worcester offers a high quality of life with award winning parks, excellent university and schools and diverse range of shops and restaurants. The city enjoys a strong sporting reputation based on topflight cricket, rugby and basketball clubs, a centrally located racecourse.

To deliver our aspirations for the city, to meet high levels of housing need including affordable housing, provide new employment space, new and improved infrastructure and community facilities all whilst protecting and enhancing the environment and adapting to climate change, we need talented development management planners working with us to help make it happen.

As an organisation not only are we progressive and innovative but we also offer a very supportive environment for our staff where they are encouraged to develop their skills and take full advantage of every opportunity, to grow and make the most of their talents.

If you can match our ambitions and want to share in our vision to make Worcester an even more vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and visit, we really would love to hear from you.

Benefits to you:

  • Flexible working hours,
  • Agile/remote working arrangements,
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme,
  • Support for training and professional development,
  • Benefits package incl. subsidised leisure facilities, discounts for national stores,
  • Offices within a five minutes’ walk from train station

Are you an experienced planner capable of dealing with a varied caseload of planning and related applications?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced planner to join our busy Development Management Team, someone that can effectively manage their own caseload and evaluate, assess, negotiate and report on a varied caseload of applications as well as carrying out some validation assessment, engaging in pre-application negotiations, post-decision determination work and defending the Council’s decisions at appeal, mostly by written representation but also hearings. As an experienced planning officer, you will need to have excellent communication skills, an appreciation of high-quality design particularly in an urban context and be able to provide high quality advice and written reports to council committees, elected members and other stakeholders.

THe key requirements for the role are;

  1. You should be a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development.
  2. Degree or equivalent in Town and Country Planning or a related subject
  3. A minimum of three years’ experience of local government Development Management, including experience of handling small scale major planning applications, negotiating s106 legal agreements and securing improvements to design quality. Some experience of defending appeals at oral hearings if not public inquiries.

You will be responsible for handling a varied caseload of applications that will fall predominantly within the non-major and small major application categories. You should be able to demonstrate a proven track record in planning application case management, effective time management, prioritisation and negotiation, to deliver high quality development management outcomes. You should have some experience of negotiating s106 legal agreements and securing essential infrastructure funding and affordable housing. You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of planning enforcement and when necessary be able to assist and support the city council’s planning enforcement team. You will be expected to have an appreciation of high-quality design in an urban context and be able to negotiate design improvements.

For more information about this role please contact Duncan Rudge – Head of Planning tel. 01907 722121 or email or Andrew Thompson – Interim Development Services Manager tel. 01905 722179 or email

Closing date: Sunday 26th June 2022

Interview date: Thursday 7th July 2022

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