Principal Planning Officers



Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

Salary: £41,809 - £50,071

Reference: A000491

Status: Open

This is a fantastic time to join an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation in a place with centuries old connections to the crown.  The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead consists of towns and villages that are strategically located in the heart of the Thames Valley on the M4 corridor, connected to both the GWR and Elizabeth Line.  It is undoubtedly an exciting place to work and with a new Chief Executive and a strong leadership team in place, presents an opportunity to enhance and develop, both the Royal Borough and your personal career.

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for three ambitious individuals to join our Planning Service as Principal Planning Officers. Each of you will play a key role in assisting the Team Manager(s) in the day-to-day management of the Planning Service and ensuring an efficient and cost-effective development management service for all our customers and stakeholders.  

As a Principal Planning Officer, you will deal with a wide range of applications, pre-application enquiries and appeals, focussing on major applications and help with continuous improvement in service provision. You will be expected to attend Planning Committee to give professional advice and guidance so that the Committee Members are reliably informed as to the planning implications of their decision-making process and statutory legislation.  You would be the lead officer for some of our most significant schemes and deputise for the Team Leaders including making delegated decisions and mentoring junior staff.

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Why the Royal Borough?

  • A recently adopted local plan, adopted in 2022
  • Strategic and large allocated development sites
  • interesting, varied, and challenging workload at all levels
  • Commitment to ensuring that future developments are at the forefront in terms of design quality, sustainability and maximising the provision of affordable housing in the Borough.
  • Hybrid working – with flexibility
  • Support from team leaders (3 DM teams) and DM Manager
  • The opportunity to develop and grow your career
  • Easy access to and from London on the Elizabeth line
  • A fantastic environment from the Wind in the Willows to The Crown

If you are a qualified Planner with an up-to-date knowledge of planning law and have handled a wide range of all types of planning applications, as well as experience in submitting, presenting and managing planning appeals, then we want to hear from you.

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To arrange an informal and confidential conversation with one of our consultants about this role, please contact:

Ryan Powell
Phone: 0121 312 3755

Indicative Timetable

Closing date: Wednesday 3 April 2024

To Apply

To apply for this job please click on the Apply button below and fill out the requested information. When prompted, please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4 each).

With your CV, please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will only be contacted if you reach the final stages, and we will not contact referees without your permission.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.