Principal Planning Officer – Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIPs) - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £56,097 per annum - pay award pending
Closing date: 16 Apr 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 11750
Role: Economic Development
About the role

Principal Planning Officer – Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIPs)

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £56,097 per annum - pay award pending

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 16th April 2023

Are you a highly motivated, experienced senior or principal planning officer who understands the complexities of delivering large scale and strategic development proposals?

Would you like the opportunity to be at the forefront of delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) as well as when required help to shape large scale and complex planning applications?

Are you looking for a new and interesting challenge working for a highly motivated and established team addressing the Essex infrastructure and growth challenge?

If so, this demanding yet varied and rewarding position could be perfect for you!

This post is initially fixed for 3 years, with real opportunity for extension, depending on budget, successful outcomes and potential growth of the service. It is also deemed to be an “anywhere worker” role so hybrid working is possible.


This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of an established and growing planning team at Essex County to deliver a strong, robust corporate planning response to NSIPs but also on occasion proposed large scale and strategic development proposals throughout Essex.

The successful candidate will be acting as a lead planning officer for the county negotiating planning performance agreements, delivering a single, corporate response to NSIP proposals, incorporating the infrastructure requirements from an array of service areas, and being the key interface with the districts and boroughs, developers, other partners and interested parties.

Key Duties & Skills:

  • This role will primarily manage and deal with a caseload of NSIPs as well as working on some challenging and complex large scale and strategic development proposals.
  • The role will help to ensure ECC is able to successfully influence the planning process to secure policy compliant planning decisions which deliver the correct level of developer funded infrastructure.
  • Excellent project management, negotiation, written and communication skills are a must.
  • This is a real opportunity to shape and influence significant growth projects to ensure that they positively contribute to the local community in the short, medium and longer term.

Please note this role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area and therefore a valid driving licence and use of a car is required, unless the role can be undertaken effectively by alternative transport

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Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

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We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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 the Working for Essex website.

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