Please note this is a fixed term contract for 3 years
Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 105,000 people and 3,000 businesses.
Gravesham Borough has a number of unique assets which makes it an attractive location for businesses and residents:
- World class connectivity via High Speed 1
- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Metropolitan Green Belt
- Sites of international biodiversity importance
- Diverse and entrepreneurial population
- A range of heritage assets – maritime, military, industrial and rural
- High profile projects and challenges
- The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is creating a 21st century Garden City where people will want to live and work.
- Involvement in a number of National Strategic Infrastructure proposals
At the same time, our recently adopted Core Strategy sets a compelling vision for how the borough is going to evolve whilst ensuring that local people benefit from the opportunities created by development. Driving forward the rest of the Local Plan is the next challenge.
We’re looking for some special people to join our busy but friendly Development Management team.
This position provides the opportunity to enhance your existing skill set and experience across a wide variety of casework and projects. You can expect every day to be different.
The career grade covers:
- Scale 4/5/6 (Graduate Planner/ Planning Assistant)
- Scale SO1 –SO2 (Planning Officer)
- POA - POB (Senior Planner)
Whilst ideally the post holder will have experience of working in Development Management, applications from recent graduates will also be welcome as this position includes the opportunity for progression up to Planning Officer and Senior Planner for those in the earlier stages of their career
Applications to work part-time will be considered.
As a career graded post, essential and desirable qualifications and experience for each grade is set out in the JD and person specification.
In return we offer you:
Childcare vouchers and discounts
Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. You can use vouchers to pay for a wide variety of childcare for children up to the age of 16. Discounts at selected retailers in the town centre and reduced membership at local Leisure Centres.
A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.
In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.
Employee Assistance Programme
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.
Car allowance and parking permit
As this post requires a full clean driving licence and for a vehicle to be available to use for work, a town centre parking season permit and local car allowance is available for the postholder.
A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.
An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Chris Butler, Planning Manager (Development Management), on 01474 33 74 02 (or in his absence Wendy Lane, Assistant Director (Planning), on 01474 33 74 01)
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Gravesham Borough Council is working towards equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.