Planning Lawyer

Rugby, Warwickshire
£38,553 (£15,421 - £30,842 pro rata depending on hours)
12 Jul 2022
07 Aug 2022
Job Ref
Job Type
Legal, Planning
Contract Type
Part time temporary
Working Pattern
Part Time

Part Time - Fixed Term Contract for 18 months 

We are looking for a Planning Lawyer to join the Council’s Legal Services Team on an 18-month fixed term contract. The role available is part- time with a minimum of 2 days (14 hours 48 minutes) per week up to a maximum of 4 days per week (29 hours 36 minutes).

The post is for a qualified Solicitor, Barrister, Chartered Legal Executive or equivalent, ideally with prior local government experience. The successful candidate will have an eye for detail, excellent drafting skills and the ability to provide legal advice to a variety of audiences, including senior officers. The individual will be accustomed to working at pace in a busy team.

The successful candidate will be expected to manage a varied workload in all areas of planning law including but not limited to:

•    Advising on planning applications
•    Drafting and negotiating S.106 agreements
•    Advising planning committee meetings and reviewing associated reports
•    Supporting planning appeals, judicial reviews and statutory challenges
•    Advising on planning policy matters 
•    Supporting planning enforcement

The successful candidate must have a sound knowledge of planning law and be able to work effectively at all levels across the council including with elected members, senior leadership team and other stakeholders. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented professional. Rugby Borough Council is professional, friendly and inclusive, with an ambitious transformation programme and a supportive and flexible working environment.

Why it's great to work for Rugby Borough Council:

•    An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
•    A blend of remote and office-based working for most roles.
•    Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Rugby. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working.

For an informal discussion about this role, please call Sarah Chapman, our Legal and Governance Manager on 01788 533551 or email

You can view full details of this job via our website , where you can also apply on-line.  If you are unable to apply on-line please contact 01788 533564, or e-mail: for further assistance.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Interview Date: week commencing 15 August 

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