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Job Description Planning Officer, Perth PKC11125 £25,508 - £42,083 Career Grade Structure (TAS4-PR8) Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD This is an exciting opportunity for a planner to join a dynamic, innovative and...

Job Description

Planning Officer, Perth PKC11125
£25,508 - £42,083 Career Grade Structure (TAS4-PR8)
Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD
This is an exciting opportunity for a planner to join a dynamic, innovative and professional Local Development Plan team within the Planning & Development service at Perth & Kinross Council. We are looking for someone with post qualification experience and MRTPI membership. However, the post is part of a career grade structure and applications are welcomed from both graduates and experienced planners. The successful candidate will be appointed at the relevant salary grading in line with the career grade structure.
Perth & Kinross is at the heart of Scotland and, as well as being a beautiful area with easy connections to all points north, west, east and south, holds ambitious plans for sustainable economic growth. This ambition seeks to harness the innovation and creativity of the area – capitalising on our natural assets, great connections and the talent and potential of our communities. Indeed, the Council itself is making major investments in areas including our education facilities, whilst the cultural scene is also recovering from the pandemic period. In addition, the Tay Cities Deal will also be a catalyst for further growth. Beyond this, we are also working hard to mitigate climate change, improve environments and ensure all can lead healthy and active lives in a low-carbon energy efficient environment.
As well as being a great place to live and work, Perth & Kinross Council provides opportunities for training and development and a chance to be involved in projects that will define your career whilst shaping the future of our city, towns, smaller settlements and countryside. You’ll benefit from hybrid working arrangements, excellent annual leave entitlements, annual leave purchase scheme, pension scheme, flexible working arrangements, car lease scheme and many other employee benefits including cycle to work scheme, corporate leisure membership and staff wellbeing support. You will join the LDP Team dealing with all aspects of the statutory planning process.
The Local Development Plan is currently in the early stages of review. It will have a greater emphasis on creating sustainable places, health and wellbeing, economic recovery and climate action and this post will have a key role in preparing the new plan. Reviewing the Local Development Plan will involve applying the new development planning regime introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. With the increased emphasis on engagement the role will involve working with our communities, businesses, other stakeholders, and partners in a collaborative way to achieve the best outcomes. Plan making will involve close working with community planning partners and working with other parts of the Council also involved in creating new corporate plans and strategies to help shape the future of our places.


 • Educated to degree level in town planning or a related discipline leading to exemption from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) exam. 
 • Knowledge and understanding of local planning and wider planning issues
 • Excellent IT skills and experience of MS Office, or similar
 • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
 • Good knowledge and experience of GIS
 • Ability to work on your own initiative, using good judgement • Ability to prioritise workloads
 • Ability to work with minimum supervision and under pressure
 • Experience of successfully working as a member of a team and have strong customer focus
• A full UK driving licence
 • Chartered Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute
 • Experience in the preparation of development plans
 • Experience of dealing with consultants and senior management
 • Experience of engaging with the public at public meetings and consultation events
 • Broader experience of the development plan process and local planning
 • Experience of liaising and of working collaboratively within and across sectors
 • Data collection, collation and analysis
 • Awareness of Project/Programme methodology such as PRINCE2 / PRINCE2 Foundation qualification
 • Experience of using Microsoft Project or similar tools
 • Knowledge of Access and Excel software
 • Knowledge of Adobe packages, including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
 • Experience of using Idox and Uniform 


Your main responsibilities will include: 
 • Assisting in the preparation, monitoring and review of the Perth and Kinross Local Development Plan
 • Liaison with other services and outside agencies with regard to preparation and review of the strategic elements of the Local Development Plan
 • Prepare and help co-ordinate strategic planning input to the local development plan
 • To carry out and commission research in support of policy development and implementation 
 • To assist in the preparation of master plans, planning briefs and other land use based strategies
 • Develop and maintain specialist interests and take a leading role in local planning policy issues and their application to the formulation, monitoring and review of local planning policies 
 • To provide comments and advice on the application of Development Plan policies to planning applications
 • Develop and help maintain strong links with other groups, departments and organisations to promote effective joint working
 • To contribute to the effective and efficient discharge of the Local Development Plans Team function, including implementing the Business Management and Improvement Plan and meeting Audit Scotland’s performance criteria
 • To assist in fulfilling the Councils statutory duties in relation to the Strategic Environmental Assessment of Development Plans and other planning policies
 • To undertake all duties in a manner which seeks to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards of environmental care, public service, best value and quality in decision making.

The Individual

You must have a valid UK driving licence as this post requires you to travel to a variety of locations across Perth and Kinross.
For further information about this position, please contact Brenda Murray, Development Plan Team Leader on either 01738 475343 (voicemail) or email ( or to arrange a Microsoft Teams call. 
When completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide current contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees, one should be your present or most recent employer. However, if you are an existing employee of Perth & Kinross Council, you are only required to provide reference details for your current employer.

At PKC our values and behaviours  influence our work and support us in the delivery of the Perth and Kinross Offer. In your application, and should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to describe situations that support the criteria required in the role and which also demonstrate our values and behaviours. Find out more about PKC  and you could soon be joining our team!

Please APPLY ONLINE. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.
As part of our safer recruitment measures, any offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of mandatory checks including eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure Scotland or PVG, qualifications, references, and fitness to undertake the post. This may also include an Overseas Criminal Records Check if you have spent time living overseas. 
Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.
A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.
Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists. Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

What we can do for you

If you are successful in a role with Perth & Kinross Council, you will have access to a range of benefits to help your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

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