Job opportunity: Senior Planning Officer


Grade 11 - £39,493 to £41,496 per annum. 


37 hours per week. 



About the job 

This is an exciting time for Newcastle-under-Lyme as we roll out our ambitious plans for significant growth to ensure the very best opportunities and quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. With plans for regeneration schemes in Newcastle and Kidsgrove town centres and various other growth initiatives, our Borough is really transforming at pace.

The successful applicant will join a talented and high performing team that achieves top quartile results. In support of our plans, we seek a Senior Planning Officer to play a vital and lead role in delivering the Council’s growth objectives. You will quickly add value to a range of development management casework and projects, supporting the Development Management Manager.

The role requires someone who can evidence experience of working in a high performing planning function. Ultimately, you will need to demonstrate that you can provide a customer-focused, professional service and possess strong negotiation skills to achieve successful outcomes.

If you think you have what it takes to bring high quality skills and innovation to the future of planning in Newcastle-under-Lyme, we would love to hear from you. We are about to publish our draft Local Plan which plans for growth for over 7000 new homes and major employment as well as having some exiting regeneration projects. 

Why work for us? 

Newcastle-under-Lyme is on the up!  We’ve already started our transformation, however, we still need to find better ways of doing things because we are determined to do the very best we can for our communities.   

If our vision is to be the best, then we need the best people working for us. Our people are at the heart of what we do and have the freedom to innovate, grow and develop.  We recruit people who share our vision and values; people who have the drive to deliver our ambitious Council plan.

Our historic Borough is a place of marked contrasts. We are the home of a world class University at Keele, a leading light known internationally for its research and sustainability record, which stands side by side with former mining communities including some which register amongst the most deprived areas in the country. Our Borough is also a mixture of urban centres, affected by some of the same social issues facing our neighbouring city, Stoke-on-Trent, but also outstanding rural landscapes in our less populated villages. Our plans and priorities aim to address the needs of all our communities.   

Our People Offer 

We reward our people with a competitive range of benefits including; access to the local government pension scheme, minimum 23 days annual leave and 5 extra days after 5 years' service, flexible working and family friendly policies, local and national high street discounts, green travel scheme including cycle to work scheme and electric car salary sacrifice, free employee 24 hour employee assistance and counselling services, flu vaccination service and health checks plus development and training opportunities.

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If you'd like to find out more please contact Rachel Kileen, Development Management Manager on 01782 742446. 

Closing date

5pm on Sunday 2 July 2023. 

(Should we receive a large number of applications, then this post could close sooner than the date stated). 

Interview date 

Friday 30 June 2023. 

Supporting documents and information 

Download the job description and person specification

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