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Principal Planning Officer

Salary details: £37,568 - £41,591 per annum + 10% Market Supplement

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council
Business Unit
Customer Service & Delivery
Salary details
£37,568 - £41,591 per annum + 10% Market Supplement
Job Term
Appointment Type
Full Time
37 hours per week
Remote Working / Tavistock / Totnes, Devon
Interview details
For an informal discussion please contact;
Patrick Whymer, Head of Development Management on 01803 861396 or Patrick.Whymer@swdevon.gov.uk
Closing Date
14 August 2022
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Plus Golden Hello of up to £5000 to eligible applicants

Relocation package is available to eligible applicants

Do you embrace change and push boundaries? Are you ready to make a difference?

West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils are shared authorities with an exciting, innovative and forward-looking delivery model. We are offering opportunities to customer focused individuals who welcome change and can drive forward and shape new ways of service delivery. In return, we can offer flexible working in an environment where innovation, challenge and efficiency are key aspects. You will be part of a dedicated team working on:

  • Stunning coastline and countryside
  • Exciting developments and growth
  • Thriving towns and villages
  • World class heritage

The Principal Planning Officer will play a key role in supporting the Head of Development Management to deliver an effective Development Management service which seeks to conserve and enhance the natural and built environment across South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils, making a positive difference to local places, businesses and residents across the district/borough.

You will take the lead on major development proposals in the area in addition to carrying a caseload of a range of planning applications and will be required to assess and make decisions and recommendations on each including agreeing and documenting Section 106 Agreements. You will work closely with other Planning Officers and the Business Support Team, as well as key stakeholders such as elected Members, residents, applicants, agents and developers to establish strong working relationships to enhance service provision.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), with excellent detailed knowledge of planning legislation, national planning policy and planning reforms. You will have strong communication and negotiation skills, have a proactive approach to work and will be committed to providing excellent customer service.

In return, we can offer in an environment where innovation, challenge and efficiency are key aspects of the way we work along with the following benefits:

  • Flexible working options (including remote working)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Staff benefit schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme



The IMPACT Behavioural Framework has been developed to support the ambitions for our workforce. The framework aims to enhance both individual and organisational performance and will be applied in recruitment, performance management and career progression. It defines the behaviours that all colleagues across both councils are expected to consistently demonstrate at work. The framework can be found on the right hand side of this page under ‘Related Information’.

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