Senior Planning Officer: Development Management- Ref EE42520

Walsall, West Midlands
Salary G9 £33,448 - £38,506 per annum
06 Jan 2021
27 Jan 2021
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Senior Planning Officer: Development Management- Ref EE42520
Salary G9 £33,448 - £38,506 per annum

Fixed term contract for 2 years (until 31st March 2023) to backfill a secondment.

We are looking for someone with a can-do attitude to join our Development Management team.  This is an exciting time for Walsall following adoption of our Site Allocations Document and Town Centre Area Action Plan and we are now preparing our Town Centre Master Plan.  In addition to commercial development work, we can also offer a varied case load of planning projects including complex residential proposals, major industrial schemes and everything in between. We also have rural sites in the Green Belt to offer further variety to the role.  

To be able to take on this post, you will need to be able to demonstrate significant development management experience but more importantly, a desire to learn more and developing your career and as Walsall is among the higher performing authorities in terms of decision making there are opportunities here to support your career development.

As you will be dealing with Councillors, members of the public and planning agents on a daily basis, excellent communication and customer service skills are required. Accordingly, you will be expect to meet the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty.

You will need to be able to work effectively under pressure, observe deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team. Your duties will require you to:

  • Provide pre-application advice
  • Negotiate with applicants and their agents to secure sustainable development schemes
  • Prepare accurate delegated and committee reports on applications
  • Deal with S106 agreements
  • Prepare and present the Council’s case at appeals

In addition to be being able to evidence your skills and experience of dealing with a range of planning applications, you will also need to show how you can manage your own workload in a timely manner.  You will also need to show excellent IT skills especially the use of MS Office and have a full driving licence.

In return, we will be able to offer the following

  • Flexible working hours
  • Casual car user allowance
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Between 27 and 32 days annual leave (pro rata, dependent on length of service) plus bank holidays
  • The ability to take a further 12 flexi-days leave per annum (maximum 3 days per quarter)

We have invested in new ICT provision for all staff which allows for working arrangements to ensure the services the people and businesses of Walsall need are delivered as efficiently as possible by our high performing team. 

We are committed to attracting and retaining the very best, and utilising all the talent and experience available. We recognise the importance of helping our employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements that enable them to balance their working life with other priorities. These include; part-time working, home-working and compressed hours.

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For further information and details of how to apply please call Mike Brereton Group Manager: Planning on 07385 348322 or alternatively visit

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 27th January 2021

Interview date: w/c 1st February 2021.

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