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Senior Planning Officer


£33,345 – £40,000 pa, dependent on experience

Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead , Berkshire


Full Time

37 hours per week.


08/08/2021 at 23:59



Vacancy Description

We are looking for highly motivated, experienced planners to join our Development Management team as Senior Planning officers. 

This is a great time to join RBWM as the Borough looks to an exciting future with significant developments in Maidenhead town centre, the challenge of maintaining Windsor’s heritage alongside a thriving town centre and dealing with internationally famous attractions in the Borough such as Royal Ascot and Legoland. At the same time, there is increasing pressure for development in the Green Belt and in areas of flood risk. RBWM is also committed to ensuring that future developments are at the forefront in terms of sustainability and maximising the provision of affordable housing in the Borough. This all adds up to a great variety and diversity of work for the team which means each day feels different and there are always new challenges to learn from. 

As a department, we set high standards and aim to provide an excellent service for each of our customers, be they local residents, agents or applicants. Across the teams we work collaboratively and supportively with each other, ensuring that officers have the opportunity to learn from each other as well as benefiting from the experience of senior members of the teams. We are constantly looking at ways we can improve the service we provide to our customer and for our own staff. Ideas are welcomed from all staff so that we can all contribute to delivering a great planning service. 

We are currently recruiting for Senior Planners to join our area Development Management teams. The roles would sit in teams of Planners, Senior Planners and Principal Planners managed by one of the Team Leaders. Our teams currently each cover a different area of the Borough, but we encourage a flexible approach to ensure that officers can experience a full range of different applications. 

Senior Planners would deal with a wide range of applications, pre-application enquiries and appeals, from householder development to major applications. We are focussed on delivering the best outcomes for the Borough and our customers, alongside making timely decisions. Liaising with customers, including councillors, will also be a key part of the role. Senior planners regularly present applications to our Committees. They would also be expected to contribute to service improvement projects and help support the teams through any changes. 

Successful candidates need to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication alongside first-rate organisational and time-management skills. A thorough knowledge of planning law and experience of dealing with a wide range of applications is necessary. Experience of dealing with applications in the Green Belt and areas of flood risk would also be beneficial. 

Full details of the roles are set out in the attached documents. 

The benefits: 

  • Support flexible working options for officers. 
  • On-going support for training opportunities and CPD. 
  • Generous annual leave entitlement. 
  • Employee Benefits Scheme including cycle to work and retailer discounts. 
  • Contributory Pension Scheme. 
  • Competitive Salaries. 

If you would like to discuss the roles in more detail please contact Sian Saadeh, Development Management Service Manager, on 01628 796164. 

Closing date: 8 August 2021

Interviews: 18 & 19 August 2021 

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