Senior Planning Officer

Posted on 11 November 2021
  • Directorate BHCC: Economy Environment & Culture
  • Salary £32910 - £35745
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Hove Town Hall

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    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Brighton & Hove is a great place to live, work and develop your career in town planning. We are one of the busiest unitary planning services and this role will be central to dealing with a range of exciting complex minor and major projects in the city; help to deliver the aims of the ambitious City Plan; and to assist in recovery of the city’s economy following Covid 19 lockdown.

Following an internal promotion, we are seeking an experienced, qualified Town Planner, to deal with a range of complex minor and major planning applications across the city. You will have a range of projects to deal with and provide pre-application advice and help with delivery at implementation stage. You will be based in one of the two Development Management Area Teams reporting to one of our Team Leaders. 

About the role

Join us in beautiful Brighton and Hove – an exciting place to develop your career in town planning

Brighton and Hove, a city by the sea, has an enviable number of iconic and historic buildings, whilst also embraces the new. The city is a unique, energetic, innovative and a centre for culture in the South East.  The City places a strong emphasis on high quality and sustainable designs.

This is a rare and exceptional opportunity to join one of England’s busiest and most improved unitary Development Management services within easy reach of London. You will have a wide reaching impact on the city including realising the goals set out by our City Plans and supporting our ambition to become Carbon Neutral by 2030

There is an ambitious pipeline of development and regeneration projects coming forward in the city including at Brighton Marina, Brighton General Hospital, King Alfred Sports Centre and the Brighton Centre. You will be proactively managing a mixed caseload of complex minor and major planning applications along with pre-application advice and supporting post decision implementation.  We will be looking put planning performance agreements in place with applicants and are developing a project management approach to all majors. You will be based in one of the two Development Management Area Teams reporting to one of our Team Leaders.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced, positive and pro-active town planner with a track record in delivering complex minor and major schemes. You will be able to work largely at home whilst, as part of the covid 19 recovery, you will be able to work at our base in Hove Town Hall on agreed days. Right now, we are mainly working from home and will provide flexible working arrangements to suit your circumstances on an ongoing basis.

Interviews to be held w/c 10th Jan 2022

For an informal discussion, please contact Nicola Hurley (Planning Manager) on 01273 292114

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.


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