About the role
Are you an experienced Town Planner? Would you relish the opportunity to work on a varied and exciting caseload?
Then Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council could be the perfect place for you to develop your career.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is one of the top providers of homes and jobs in the region which we accomplished through strategic development on key brownfield sites accompanied by extensive infrastructure investment.
We pride ourselves on our track record of delivering progressive growth and economic investment whilst balancing the preservation of our borough’s heritage and natural beauty.
As the council’s new Principal Planning Officer, you will lead a team of planning professionals in assisting applicants in their submissions and providing professional advice to all customers including applicants, agents, members of the public and Elected Members.
In this varied and interesting role, you will assist the council with its broad variety of proposals and development opportunities.All the while also supporting the Planning Development Manager in managing applications and appeals that are of a strategic, controversial and/or complex nature and deputising for them as your skills develop.
For the right candidate this role allows ample scope to develop your career and level of influence through interesting challenges and senior decision making.
To be successful in this role you will be a qualified planner, with significant post qualification experience and a full UK driving licence. Whilst you may not yet be a member of RITP you will be ready and willing to gain membership with the support of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.
The most important attribute we are looking for in a candidate is outstanding technical knowledge. However, local authority line management experience would also be advantageous.
As a team we are very proud of our stability and rely on virtually no locum planners as our culture is one that fosters retention. We are held in high esteem by the rest of our colleagues in the organisation and strive to create an energetic, dynamic atmosphere where you will always feel supported in your professional life.
Our offices are located in the new settlement of Kings Hill, a major contemporary redevelopment of a famous RAF base, near to the historic town of West Malling.
It is a superb place to work, with easy access and parking. The vibrant business and residential community enjoys shops, restaurants, leisure and transport links which are outstanding for a rural location. Its success is underpinned by the concept of 'placemaking' which has shaped an alluring destination where people live, work and play.