Principal Planner - Maldon District Council - Working for Essex
Salary: £37,430 - £42,585 per annum
Closing date: 05 Dec 2022
Location: Maldon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 9779
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Principal Planner - Maldon District Council

Permanent, Full Time

£37,430 - £42,585 per annum

Location: Maldon


Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Maldon District Council to recruit a Principal Planner.

To apply for this position please click on the link here rather than use the apply function. Any applications not made on the Maldon District Council website might not be accepted.

Exact work location: Expectation to attend the Maldon District Council offices at least twice a week for collaborative working, business needs, training, and staff development. Ability to make adhoc site visits within the Maldon District is also a requirement of this role.

Salary: £37,430 - £42,585 per annum, pro-rata if part time.

Contract type: Permanent full time (37 hours per week)

Please note that we are happy to consider candidates on a part time basis and for the right person can offer between 15 and 37 hours per week, which can be worked over an agreed pattern.

The Role

As one of our experienced Specialists at Maldon District Council, you would take responsibility for your assigned caseload, prepare reports and make recommendations on planning applications and on other planning related matters. You would prepare appeal statements for decision/clearance with the Senior Specialist Coordinator or Lead Specialist for Development Management.

In addition, this role would be expected to act as a point of contact between Council Members and the service in relation to Development Management issues and respond to service-related requests, complaints and FOI requests whilst providing support to other officers within planning and other internal teams. You will guide applicants through the planning process to include the delivery of robust, timely and comprehensive pre-application advice.

The Opportunity

At Maldon District Council, we are currently going through a Local Plan review as we no longer have a 5YHLS. Whilst this presents a number of challenges for the authority, it has resulted in a high volume of interesting and challenging pre-application queries, planning performance agreements and planning applications being submitted to the Council. The quantum and complexity of the proposals coming forward has resulted in us needing to grow and strengthen our Planning Team. These new challenges provide exciting career opportunities for ambitious planners wishing to develop and progress their career in Development Management.

This is a great opportunity to continue your professional development, which Maldon District Council will support you in, through training (both formal and informal), regular case conferences. This role requires working as part of a collaborative team with a variety of stakeholders.


A methodical and through approach to routine tasks and when dealing with detailed work are essential to success in these roles as well as the ability to use own initiative, meet short deadlines and commitment to the provision of a high-quality service to customers.

Effective time management, prioritisation skills and communication skills that make you stand out from the crowd are vital. To fulfil these roles you must be able to give both informal and formal presentations, be confident in your communication channels with key stakeholders across the organisation and its customers.

The Experience You Will Bring

We are looking for someone who is self-motivated and can work under pressure with minimal supervision. You would need to have a positive, solution-finding approach to work whilst achieving targets and meeting deadlines and be able to demonstrate being a team player. You would preferably be a current member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Level 2 requirements:

  • Holds a relevant qualification in Town Planning.
  • Significant experience working within Planning or Development Management.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via Maldon District Council website

If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email or call Hannah Wheatley on 01621 732646.

To apply for this position please click on the link here rather than use the apply function. Any applications not made on the Maldon District Council website might not be accepted.