Principal Planning Officer

Job reference: UDC/21/171517

Date posted: 05/11/2021

Application closing date: 28/11/2021 at 23:59

Location: Uttlesford District Council, based at Saffron Walden

Salary: £43,857 to £46,845

Package: 37 hours flexible hours/full time


A fantastic new opportunity has opened up at Uttlesford District Council for an enthusiastic, experienced Principal Planning Officer to join our Service.

About the job

We are dedicated to achieving quality place making outcomes for the communities which will be created in our District. This role will be demanding yet varied and rewarding. The role will work towards providing development which has taken into consideration the need to address climate change, as well as affordability and infrastructure needs.

The postholder will be a key member of the team, taking responsibility for their own caseload as well as contributing to the development management team. You will lead on major planning applications and will have substantial experience in planning performance agreements, pre-application discussions, processing planning applications, negotiating s106 agreements and provide excellent customer service.

About you

In order to succeed in this role, you'll have excellent interpersonal and IT skills. You will also have a confident methodical and organised approach to your workload, be calm under pressure with the ability to work to strict deadlines. Please note that in order to be considered for this position you will need to be a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and have comprehensive knowledge of working in a Local Planning Authority, as well as access to your own vehicle.

About us

This is an exciting time to join us at Uttlesford District Council. We are growing our team to match our ambition. We want to make Uttlesford the best place to live, work and play. We are planning for good growth and are already delivering great places for our new and existing communities. We are agile in how we work and there will be opportunities to be involved in a broad range of projects and schemes. The size of our teams also means that this will be a great learning environment too.   

Uttlesford the place, is a thriving, predominantly rural district in north-west Essex encompassing Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Thaxted and about 100 villages and hamlets in between. It is home to London Stansted Airport and major road and rail networks with links to London to the south and historic city of Cambridge to the north. 

With both new development and a historic and rural environment existing in harmony, Uttlesford is often cited as offering some of the best quality of life in the UK. The council offices are based in the beautiful market town of Saffron Walden, with its array of independent and unique boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, surrounded on all sides by fields and picturesque villages full of character. 


  • Hybrid Working
  • Paid holidays
  • Contributory Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexitime
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Vine extras - Employee discount scheme

Application process

We wish to make the application process as straightforward as possible, so we just ask that you upload your CV and provide further information against a couple of specific questions.

This recruitment campaign is being managed by JGP Resourcing. Please contact James Miller for more information about this role at or 07401 070140.

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How to apply

This recruitment campaign is being managed by JGP Resourcing - the innovative resourcing service that targets quality candidates for executive, managerial and specialist vacancies.

Please apply via the JGP Resourcing online recruitment portal.

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