Senior Planning Assistant

Senior Planning Assistant  


Salary: £29,269 - £32,076 


Contract: Permanent


Hours: 37 hours per week 


Location: Hybrid/Office base can be flexible across NYC locations 


Are you someone who has a keen interest in the natural and built environment? Are you looking for a varied role that can make a real difference to the lives of our residents?   


If so, you are just what we are looking for! 


We are looking for a number of Senior Planning Assistants, who will work within a team to provide a range of specialist services across the whole of the Planning Service. 


Our Service 


The Council’s Planning Services play a fundamental role in managing the natural and built environment, ensuring that the future development needs of the county can be accommodated to make it a better place in which to live and work. It is one of the largest planning functions in the country covering one of the largest geographical areas including national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, to small market town and large urban areas.


The Operations team are responsible for many technical aspects of case processing across the range of responsibilities within the Planning Service – including Development Management, Building Control, Policy & Place, Infrastructure and Delivery, Land Charges, Street Naming & Numbering, data

management, system use.


The role  


Senior Planning Assistants play a vital role in supporting the work of the Planning service and Building Control. We are looking for someone who will work within a team providing a wide range of specialist technical services across the whole of the Planning service, to ensure efficient, effective and compliant service delivery. You will undertake work across a diverse range of back office and ‘front of house’ services within a busy customer-facing environment.


Some of the tasks that a Senior Planning Assistant would be expected to carry out include:


·       Processing and managing minor applications and cases to decision, including but not limited to, Permitted development enquiries, householder applications, Street Naming and Numbering applications.

·       Undertake site visits to assess suitability to proposals.

·       Negotiating with professional agents on submissions

·       Providing technical expertise across a diverse range of service activities, including undertaking survey work

·       Registering and validating the most complex cases and notifications, including liaising with applicants/agents when required

·       Improving working practises through application of business improvement methodologies

·       Involved in supporting projects and undertaking small scale projects in relation to improving working practises.





What you will bring  


Ideally you will have previous knowledge or experience working within the Planning and Building Control work areas, experience working with systems and data, knowledge of process improvement, be able to manage and prioritise your own workload.


You should be an effective communicator who has the ability to work and relate with customers at all levels, someone who is organised with effective time management skills. You will have experience working within a team environment, providing advice and guidance to others to help resolve complex queries with a good attention to detail.


The ability to negotiate and influence others is an essential skill for this role, as is being a confident decision taker.


Working for us 


When you join us, you are entitled to our outstanding benefits and wellbeing plan as part of your position. Our holiday entitlement starts at 28 days rising to 34 days (pro-rata) per year with continued service, plus public holidays. Pension: save for your retirement with our generous local government pension scheme with a 22.6% contribution. Fitness & Rewards: Fitness discounts with various Gyms across the county. Stay on top of your game and save £££. Lifestyle Savings: explore a huge range of discounts to help you save money across hundreds of the UK’s favourite high-street and online retailers. Plus lots more… 




If you are interested in learning more about our opportunity, please contact Lydia Stones on for an informal conversation. 


We look forward to hearing from you.


Job Description.docx


Key dates 


Closing date: 23rd June 2024


Shortlisting 24th/25th June


Interview date:  Week Commencing 1st/8th July  

Senior Planning Assistant
Location: Countywide
Salary: £29,268 - £32,076