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Planning Policy Officer

Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils
£23,893 - £33,024 per annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Planning Policy Officer

1 - Permanent - 37 hours per week, £23,893 - £33,024 per annum (dependent on skills and experience, up to grade 7)

2 - Fixed term contract until 31 March 2025 - 22.50 hours per week - £14,529.53 - £20,082.16 per annum (dependent on skills and experience, up to grade 7)

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a rich planning environment across two varied authorities, and build on the success of an existing jointly prepared plan which covers the two administrative areas and Worcester City; with a Plan that is looking to provide a rail led strategy with new settlements, including a garden village at Worcester Parkway

This is an interesting time to join the Council, as we take the Plan forward through examination and adoption. Working across the District Councils of Wychavon and Malvern, your work will include:

  •  Supporting work to take the Plan through examination and to adoption.
  • Responding to planning queries from the public and our development management team in the processing of planning applications. 
  • Supporting the monitoring of the delivery of development across Wychavon and Malvern. 

We are seeking a candidate that will demonstrate commitment to delivering the Council's values of great customer service, openness and accountability, innovation and improvement and fairness and respect.

About you 

The successful candidate will have:

  • 3 A-levels and a planning related degree or equivalent experience. 
  • An ambition and enthusiasm 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An adaptable and flexible approach with the ability to work on a variety of tasks
  • Access to a car and the ability to travel across various locations as appropriate to the demands of the role. 

What we can offer 

Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find.  So, as well as a rewarding career, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as: 

  • Excellent pension scheme with employer contributions
  • Generous annual leave entitlement with options to purchase additional annual leave
  • Committed training programme and development opportunities
  • Onsite nursery with 20% staff discount
  • Discounted Gym and swim membership
  • Health and Wellbeing support and a Free Employee Assistance scheme including access to counselling services
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Discounts with a range of companies including EE and the Kaarp discount scheme.

We are an employer that values face to face communication, collaboration and connection, therefore all our roles have an office-based requirement with some agile working as part of the role.

To discuss the post or for further information, please call Jo Symons on 01386 565334.

Closing date: Sunday 14 July 2024

Interview date: Monday 22 July 2024

Please note if we experience a high intake of applications, we may close the role and interview for the position sooner than advertised.

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Working for us

Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils are rewarding places to work, with high levels of resident satisfaction and motivated staff who enjoy working for us. Located in south Worcestershire, both districts boast beautiful natural environments, a rich heritage and plenty to do and see. The districts are ranked the top two best rural places to live in the West Midlands and are amongst the top 30 in the country.

We pride ourselves on being progressive organisations spending time, energy and investment on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like supporting our town centres and rural communities, creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, reducing our carbon footprint, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.

We are an employer that values face to face Communication, Collaboration and Connection, therefore all our roles have an office based requirement with some agile working as part of the role. 


Working with you

Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit and develop the very best talent we can find.  That's why, as well as providing a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, generous holiday entitlements, a pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, and discounted gym membership. 

We value skills and an ability to do a great job over identifying personal information and that’s why we anonymise all our recruitment until we reach interview stage. What you can offer us and how you will uphold our values and behaviours is really important to us and that’s what we look for during our recruitment process.

Our staff are our driving force, and it’s important our workforce reflects the communities we serve. More than 50% of our Senior Management Team is female, as is the majority of our Heads of Service.

We are a member of the Disability Confident Scheme and support the movement of change, to think differently about disability and apply this to how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

We value all our staff and are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity, and fostering good relations between people from a diverse range of backgrounds.


Want to know more?

The two councils have a shared Chief Executive and a joint senior management team.  Whilst they retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities, and operate and develop shared services, collaborative working  and partnership arrangements with each other,  with other councils and with key stakeholders

Whichever council you work for, you can be sure it will be an enjoyable place to work, you will feel valued and appreciated and have an opportunity to develop your career in line with your potential and expectations. Please click for more information on  or Malvern Hills District Council or Wychavon District Council


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