We are currently recruiting for a Planning Officer in Essex.


Pay rate: PAYE £28.60 per hour/UMB £37.58 per hour.

Hours:  Full time (37 hours per week).

Contract duration: Temporary ongoing



  • This Local Plan Centric Planning Officer role is required to carry out a broad range of functions under the Town and Country Planning Acts and other related legislation relating to the production of the Local Plan.
  • To support the Head of Strategic Service and Local Plan Manager and the team to strengthen the client’s plan-making, place-making and infrastructure planning processes.



  • Assist in ensuring the Local Plan Team fulfils the commitments, mission and objectives of Planning Services and the Client as a whole.
  • Ensuring that all procedures are followed and that all targets are met.
  • Be acquainted with the various Acts relating to the Client’s statutory responsibilities regarding planning matters, including the relevant legislation, orders, circulars and policies.
  • Keeping abreast with changes in such legislation and Government advice and making the necessary changes to practice and procedures arising therefrom.
  • Maintaining a customer orientated approach including fostering good relations with stakeholders and local interest groups, including Forums, where required.
  • Assist with the work of the Local Plan team, including the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Local Plan and other planning policy publications.
  • Help in the preparation of evidence base documents, including supporting senior officers with external commissions, and assist with the drafting of planning policy and guidance.
  • Assist with the organisation and delivery of consultations and presentations, including providing support at public exhibitions in respect of the Local Plan Team’s area of work.
  • Assist with the monitoring of policies and indicators and maintaining key registers and databases necessary to meet Government requirements.
  • Advise on the local policy implications of external planning policy consultations and prepare responses for the Development Management team on planning applications and informal enquiries.
  • Dealing with planning policy enquiries from Councillors, stakeholders and the general public.
  • To prepare draft reports for Cabinet, committees and working groups on planning other and associated matters and attend meetings as required.


Skills and Abilities: 

  • Articulate and able to communicate reasoned arguments and analyse complex issues effectively both in writing and verbally to a wide variety of people, groups and organisations.
  • Time and project management skills.
  • Ability to research, understand and present information clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with IT programmes, including Microsoft Office.


Apply online or contact Terri O’Keefe on 07879 585551. You can also email terri@peelsolutions.co.uk  for more information on this role.

Job Category: Business Services
Job Type: Temporary
Job Location: Essex

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