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Vacancy Details

Graduate Planning Officer/Principal Planning Officer

Sevenoaks District Council
£25,000 - £44,999
Council Offices, Argyle Road
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
19/09/2021 at 23:55
Sevenoaks District Council

Do you have a passion for Planning and are you looking for a challenge?

We are looking for a Graduate Planning Officer and a Principal Planning Officer to join our dynamic team of Planners at the busiest planning authority in Kent!


Graduate Planning Officer:

Salary: Up to £26,107 plus 10% Market Related Payment and an essential car allowance of up to £1,239.

This role is key to the success of the Planning department ensuring that all applications are processed accurately.

You will manage your own caseload, dealing with a variety of applications, as well as pre-application enquires. You will need to be well organised with a commitment to accuracy & meeting deadlines and as part of your development here at Sevenoaks, you will be allocated a dedicated senior officer to help mentor you and enhance your planning skills.

So if you have:

  • A degree in Town Planning or related subject
  • Full Driving License with a vehicle available for work purposes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A dedication to providing high quality customer service

Then we would love you to be part of the Planning journey at Sevenoaks.

The Principal Planning Officer: 

Salary: Up to £42,507 plus 10% Market Related Payment and an essential car allowance of up to £1,239. 

Our Principal Planners are part of the Development Management Leadership Team and assist to improve the quality of the service, procedures and performance. In this role, you will deal with the most complex and strategic applications and other members of the team will look to you for inspiration and guidance in the processing of planning applications.

As a role model for the service you will be passionate and experienced so that you deliver an excellent planning service. You will act as a Lead Officer for Development Control Committee and you will have some delegated powers for planning and other decisions.

Our Principal Planners are:

  • A post graduate qualification in Town Planning
  • Membership of the RTPI (or are ready to make a submission for full membership)
  • A full driving licence with a vehicle available for work purposes
  • Confident in their presentation skills and have experience of presenting cases at appeal and liaising with Members
  • Direct line managers for junior members of the team to help harness their planning skills

So if this describes you as a Planner then we would love you to join and help shape our team!


Do you want to know more?

Please contact Alison Salter on 01732 227337 or Aaron Hill on 01732 227494 to have a chat about the role and to find out about some of the projects we are working on.

Meet the team! - watch this short video to find out more about our Planning Team.


Need advice on how to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?

Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements as your application will be judged against these criteria.


Closing date: Sunday 19th September 2021

Interview date: Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th September 2021


Equal Opportunities

Sevenoaks – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Sevenoaks District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed