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Principal Planning Officer
  • Employer: Arun District Council
  • Reference: P/21/143205
  • Published: Mon 15/02/2021, 2:14 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/02/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, Occasional out of hours meetings as per the person specification
  • Salary: £36,922 to £38,890 (+currently gets market supplement of £4,650 per annum)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Arun Civic Centre, Littlehampton, West Sussex, West Sussex , West Sussex

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Principal Planning Officer


£36,922 to £38,890 per annum (plus £4,650 per annum market supplement*) 

37 hours per week 



Are you looking for a new challenge? If so, Arun District Council are seeking a motivated and driven planner to join the team. Arun is a District with a vision to be a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit. The District features coastal towns, including Bognor Regis and Littlehampton with their seaside heritage and regeneration schemes, and the historic market town of Arundel, which acts as a gateway to the South Downs National Park.


Arun is undergoing a significant transformation with the adopted Local Plan seeking to secure the delivery of over 20,000 homes by 2031 as well as significant employment growth. This is an exciting time in Arun and any planner seeking a challenge or looking to make the next big step in their career will be provided with the necessary support and opportunity to develop professionally.


The Principal Planning Officer position is within the Strategic Development Team, who deal with major planning applications for housing developments (300 – 2,500 homes) and large scale employment allocations. 


This is a truly exciting opportunity for any planner looking for the opportunity to develop key skills and gain experience of dealing with major and large scale planning applications. The successful candidate will be provided with the opportunity to gain significant experience of dealing with major applications. The successful candidates will be provided with the necessary support to deal with major applications and the challenges that come with them.


You will play an integral role within the planning department of Arun District Council to deliver high quality communities for the future and deliver the vision of the Local Plan. The successful candidate will be a strong communicator with good problem solving skills and a sound understanding of the development management process.


This position has an extensive amount of public contact, presentation of items at Committee, attendance at public meetings, hearings and other meetings as required.  Some out of office hours working is part of the job requirement. 


Due to the Pandemic all staff are currently working from home.  This is subject to change and it should be noted that the post is based at the Arun Civic Centre, Littlehampton.



In return we offer:


  • Up to 28 + 2 days paid annual leave (subject to continuous service) plus paid Bank Holidays (PLUS Flexi-time including an opportunity to accrue a further 12 days flexi leave per year
  • Free membership at local leisure centres and use of pitch 'n' putt crazy golf
  • Free hot drinks
  • Excellent Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work discount/Christmas Savings/Save As You Earn Schemes
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives including free health checks, free eye tests and an option to pay into a Simplyhealth Care plan
  • Training and Development Opportunities


*please note that the market supplement curretly payable with this post is subject to regular review in line with our Market Supplement Policy.

For an informal discussion about the vacancy, please contact Claire Potts, Strategic Development Team Leader, on 01903 737698. Further information and application forms can be downloaded from our website at


CLOSING DATE:              SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2021