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Planning Officer

Employer West Lancashire Borough Council Reference HR1062 
Published 2 November 2017 Closing date 12pm Midday on Monday 27 November 2017
Working Pattern Full Time Hours 36 per week (flexi scheme in operation)
Salary £25,951 - £27,668 per annum Disclosure Basic
Location 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk Duration   Permanent 

West Lancashire lies at the heart of the North West of England, located within easy reach of major conurbations such as Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the wonderful countryside of both the Lake District and Peak District National Parks.  The Borough has a wonderful mix of vibrant towns and picturesque villages and boasts some of the most attractive and productive countryside in the UK.  The Borough has a growing economy, is home to a top-class University and is a desirable place to live but over 90% of the Borough is designated as Green Belt, so the Planning Service of West Lancashire Borough Council plays a vital role in balancing the economic and social aspirations of our communities with protecting our environment for future generations.

The team is currently reviewing its Local Plan in order to make the most of local development opportunities.  As such, you will be responsible for providing professional assistance primarily in the Strategic Planning and Implementation Team, but also within the Development Management Team and Heritage and Environment Team as required.

Main duties will include preparing local planning policy and evidence base documents, implementing the Local Plan and other local planning policy documents and developing strategies and other initiatives in relation to the environment, leisure, tourism, transport, infrastructure planning, housing, regeneration and economic development.

A planning qualification and planning experience, together with high level communication and negotiation skills, good organisational skills and knowledge of legislative and national policy requirements are essential for this role.

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Find out more about working for the Council by downloading our Recruitment Pack (Pdf, 1.48mb)

Download an Application Form (MS Word, 766kb)

Download an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (MS Word, 100kb) - This form must be submitted with every application. We use this information to check how effective our HR policies are and ensure that discrimination does not occur.

Completed application forms (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form) should be emailed to Recruitment@westlancs.gov.uk Please submit these documents in MS Word format.

If you are unable to return the application form by email, then you can send your completed application form to: West Lancashire Borough Council, Human Resources, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2DF.

If you cannot apply using the above application form, then please call 01695 577177 or email Recruitment@westlancs.gov.uk

All applications for vacancies should be submitted by the application method stated. Please note that we do not accept speculative CVs.

Please note that if you have not been invited to interview within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been successful at the shortlisting stage.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo security checks as part of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard for accessing Government records.  This will include a Basic Disclosure Scotland Criminal Record check.

Please be advised that a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with West Lancashire Borough Council.

Important advice about completing your application

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Equal Opportunities

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