Vacancy Details

Principal Planning Officer

Surrey Heath Borough Council
£40,673 - £45,500 (Plus £2,000 essential car allowance and £3,000 golden hello)
Surrey Heath House, Camberley
Working Pattern:
Full Time/Flexible Hours
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
06/12/2021 at 23:55
Surrey Heath Borough Council

Grade:                               SH7

Dissected by the M3 Motorway, Surrey Heath is diverse and in addition to urban and town locations contains significant green belt land, countryside and rural settlements, conservation areas, sites of nature conservation importance and land liable to flood. The borough is constrained by the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area and is the most treed borough in the UK. With excellent links to London, Surrey Heath is an attractive place to work and live. This is a challenging time for the Council with the Local Plan review, regeneration opportunities within Camberley Town Centre, commercial interest with international companies investing in the borough, and significant new housing developments at Deepcut and throughout the borough.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced planner. This role will include dealing with a variety of planning applications, comprising a mix of delegated and committee applications. The successful candidate will be expected to deal with applications for major developments, which may require extensive pre-application discussions and hard negotiation on complex issues, and will be expected to represent the Council on appeals.

 The successful applicant will:

  • Possess good technical knowledge of development management.
  • Have demonstrable experience working on a wide range of planning applications.
  • Have experience of working on major developments.
  • Have experience of presenting at committee.
  • Be a highly motivated person, possessing ambition and drive.
  • Be able to positively influence outcomes by working effectively with developers and applicants.
  • Be able to handle pressure and competing interests.

Benefits include flexi time and a flexible working policy, a minimum of 25 days annual leave, Local Government Pension Scheme, free parking and lifestyle rewards benefits.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Michelle Fielder (Development Management Team Leader) on ext. 7241 or Jonathan Partington (Development Manager) on ext. 7296

Closing date:          Monday 6th December2021

Interview Date:       16th & 17th December 2021

Equal Opportunities

Surrey Heath Borough Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. If you are unable to apply online for reasons of disability, please call 01276 707396 to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be made to accommodate your individual requirements.


Please note:

All successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks in line with BPSS guidelines, which includes standard identification, referencing and unspent conviction checks. Surrey Heath Borough Council undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.


For the best chance of successful application, please read the Job Description and Personal Specification fully before applying for this vacancy as it contains information you will need to refer to when applying. We do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed application form. To reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. If you choose to submit your CV with your application form we request that you remove all your personal details before uploading your CV. This will ensure that Managers cannot see your personal details when completing their shortlist.  If you have not heard from the council within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. All unsuccessful applications will be removed and confidentially disposed of 6 months after the closing date.


If you have any further enquiries please email or telephone 01276 707396.


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Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed