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Senior Planning Officer RR5093790

£25.70 per hour | Chester | Full Time 37+ Temporary 3 months
Ref: RR5093790
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Monday to Friday – 9am – 5pm


The initial contract is for 12 weeks, up to 40 hours/week but there is likely to be scope to extend the length of the contract. There is also scope to allow flexible working arrangements such as remote/home working after an initial office-based period.


Candidates need to be able to demonstrate appropriate experience at senior planning officer level within a development management environment, particularly dealing with major and complex minor planning applications.



To process a case load of applications for planning permission, listed building consent, conservation area consent, certificates of lawfulness, discharge of planning conditions, hazardous substances consent and advertisement consent.  To defend the Council’s decisions at appeal and to respond to requests for advice and guidance on planning matters from all users of the development management service.






To appraise all delegated-level applications to written report stage and make recommendations in accordance with policies and procedures and Service Performance Targets. Contributing, as appropriate, to the processing of those applications, carrying out consultation and negotiation with interested bodies. Prepare, or contribute to, reports, briefings and recommendations for the Planning Boards/Committee approval to ensure Members are fully aware of the planning merits of the proposal and take decisions consistent with statutory legislation and planning policy.


Provide appropriate levels of advice and guidance to all users of the service, in writing, verbally including contributing to the Duty Planning Officer Service. Provide preliminary and pre-application advice on specific development proposals to other Council Services, developers and their agents, the public and other stakeholders on best practice to ensure proposals are consistent with planning policies and objectives.


Provide evidence at appeals in defence of the Council’s planning decisions (written representations, hearings and local public inquiries).


To occasionally attend meetings of the Council, including Planning Boards and Strategic Planning Committee, to present cases.


To assist in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive evidence and intelligence base contributing to new procedures to inform policy and decision making and to meet statutory requirements.


Notwithstanding the detail in this job description, in accordance with the Council’s Flexibility Policy the job holder will undertake such work as may be determined by the Director/Corporate County Manager from time to time, up to or at a level consistent with the Principal Responsibilities of the job and in any location within the County of Cheshire.




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