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Planning Officer

Location: TAUNTON, SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM Salary: 35,000-38,000 GBP (UK Pounds) Per annum, inc Benefits
Sector: Business Support Job Type: Permanent
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: 2 months ago Reference: X3-325394

With my client a large organisation based in Taunton, Somerset they are looking for a Principal Planning Officer (development management).

The salary for the position is up to £38,000 with an excellent benefits package.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake day-to-day supervision of Planning Officers.
  • Prepare approximately 15-20 significant committee reports per year.
  • Review and develop two statutory plans.
    Prepare and delivers presentation to senior managers and elected members monthly.
  • Commission technical assessments or other technical activity to inform decisions related to new developments.

Within this role it will comprise elements of the activities set out below:

Minerals and Waste Plan

  • Senior professional responsibility for the development and review of statutory minerals and waste local plans.
  • Develop and manage the work programme for the review of both plans and provide significant policy input to their preparation.
  • Lead the development and the core evidence base for both plans, commissioning specialist work as required for this.
  • Lead the planning and implementation of statutory consultations and undertaking of stakeholder engagement covering each key stage of plan review.  Ensure that consultation responses are fully assessed, where appropriate recommending changes to plan policy and content.
  • Attend meetings, prepare evidence and advice to ensure progress plan reviews through consultations stakeholder engagement, negotiations with other planning authorities and at enquiry.

Plan Monitoring

  • Oversee the collection of evidence to inform monitoring of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Policies, including for statutory annual monitoring reports and local aggregate assessments.
  • Prepare and where necessary present supporting analysis and commentary to support monitoring.

Wider Planning Policy Responsibilities

  • Lead the preparation of responses to policy consultations from Government departments and agencies about national planning policy and legislation.  Provide specialist expertise so that the organisation has the capacity to respond to policy consultations about complex and politically sensitive matters, eg nuclear waste and fracking.
  • Provide senior professional input to dialogue, consultations and negotiations with other planning authorities (including under the ‘duty to cooperate’ requirement of the planning system) particularly about matters relating to minerals and waste.
  • Provide strategic advice about policy matters relating to the process of major/complex planning applications.


  • A broad and sound knowledge of planning legislation, processes and practices.
  • A sound knowledge of development plans and frameworks.
  • A strong awareness of one or more of the following: spatial planning; social, economic, or environmental policy issues.
  • An understanding of the national planning agenda and County Planning functions.
  • Highly IT literate with experience of standard data analysis software.
  • Proficient in use of common IT software, in particular MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  • Ability to read and interpret highly technical and complex documents, plans and drawings.

If you feel that you have the skill set required for this role or would like to hear more please apply online today or drop me an email at

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