Principal Planning Officer

East Anglia


East Anglia



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Job Summary

A Principal Planning Officer is urgently needed by a Local Planning Authority based in East Anglia. The authority requires assistance in handling a surge of Major Planning Applications.

The successful candidate will join a friendly Area Team and be responsible for processing a diverse caseload of minor and major complex applications. These applications will encompass various types of projects, such as residential, change of use, mixed use, householder, listed building consents, and new developments in conservation areas.

The role requires a high level of technical expertise and knowledge to navigate the complexity of these schemes, ensuring that applications are processed within the designated statutory timeframes.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Efficiently manage and process a caseload of complex planning applications, including residential, mixed use, change of use, community infrastructure, and commercial developments.
  • Foster close collaboration with major developers, architects, and external consultants through paid pre-application meetings.
  • Engage in negotiations for complex Section 106 agreements, coordinate with the discharge of conditions, and finalize reserved matters.
  • Prepare detailed delegated reports and deliver presentations at committee meetings.
  • Conduct briefings for members, actively engage with regeneration teams, and consult with local community groups.
To qualify for this position, candidates should have practical experience as a Senior or Principal Planner in Development Management. A degree in Town & Country Planning is a prerequisite, along with excellent written and communication skills. The ideal candidate should also demonstrate an aptitude for handling complex planning issues and applications.

For further details or an informal conversation, please feel free to contact Alex Ashman at Macdonald & Company on 0207 318 5261.
Alex Ashman


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