Planning Officers (Development Management)

Planning Vacancies in Development Management

37 hours per week

Planning Officers (Development Management) – £21,501 to £23,498 inclusive of London weighting. Plus essential car user allowance.

1 x Permanent role, 2 x Temporary role (1 year initially)

Three Rivers District Council is a high achieving organisation at the leading edge of public services. On the fringe of London, the District is experiencing significant development pressure, with a variety of planning applications. The District has an excellent built and natural environment, many Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and major areas of Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a centre for the film industry with Warner Brothers at Leavesden forming part of a studio cluster along with nearby Elstree and Pinewood. We look to promote the highest standards of design through development negotiations and pro-active work.

The Roles:-

The roles will focus on the handling of pre-application enquiries, planning applications and subsequent appeals, however, some enforcement work may also be required to assist colleagues within the Compliance Team.

What we are looking for:-

Enthusiastic candidates with environmental awareness and an interest in planning are now required to fill a permanent vacancy and two temporary posts within Planning Teams in the Development Management team. There is flexibility in relation to start dates. 

Planning Officers

The roles will focus on the handling of pre-application enquiries, planning applications and subsequent appeals, however, some enforcement and project work may also be required to assist the Projects and Compliance Teams. Dealing with a varied caseload you will have the potential to develop your career and make an important positive contribution to the local area. 

You will need to be well organised with strong verbal, written and presentation skills, and must be able to demonstrate your ability and initiative to handle a diverse and competing workload and work to tight deadlines. Good interpersonal skills will also be necessary as you will be liaising and negotiating with the public, external agents and organisations, Council Members and other Council departments. 

The jobs offer an ideal opportunity to learn with a forward-looking authority that has an excellent track record of improvements and commitment to learning. Consideration will be given to supporting candidates wishing to undertake further education/training. We will also be undertaking a review of the career grading associated with these posts. 

You must possess a clean driving license and have daily access to personal transport.

We offer a competitive package which includes up to 28 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days with 5 years service), Local Government Pension Scheme, paid professional membership subscription, development and training opportunities, free staff parking, leisure and travel discounts and a number of other benefits.


Closing Date: 4th June 2017 at midnight 

For an informal discussion contact Joanna Bowyer (Areas Team Leader) at or Claire Westwood (Team Leader - Major Applications & Compliance) at or telephone 01923 776611.

An application pack for this position can be downloaded from the panel to the right of this advert.

Alternatively you can contact our Customer Service Centre.

Completed applications should be emailed to the Shared HR Service for Watford Borough and Three Rivers District Council or returned to Human Resources at Watford Town Hall.

Strongly committed to equality of opportunity in employment and in service. We encourage applications from all sectors of the community.