Planning GIS Technician

Midlothian Council

  • Location: Dalkeith
  • £24,777 to £27,050 per annum, Grade 6
  • Hours: Part Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: MID02592

Job Vacancy


The Planning Service

The post is based within the Planning Service, a customer focused service responsible for:

the assessment and processing of planning applications (including the provision of pre application and post application information and advice to applicants, developers and other interested parties); the handling of planning reviews and appeals; the enforcement of planning legislation; the preparation of strategic and local development plans; planning policy and guidance; and the implementation of policy and practice in respect of the conservation of natural and heritage resources, biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change.

Job Purpose

The primary role of the post is to manage and maintain the Council’s spatial database to meet the mapping and analytical needs of both the Planning and other Corporate services; provide professional and technical expertise and advice on the systems established to support the delivery of the Planning service and respond to enquiries.

Key GIS Tasks

map/plan preparation and publication in electronic and paper formats; manage and maintain GI datasets within Planning Team; manage Ordnance Survey product releases and updates, act as a contact with the OS, managing copyright and third party end user agreement process for using Council/OS data; manage corporate requests – parliamentary/Local Government boundary changes, education catchment reviews etc.

Key Planning Tasks

Plot planning applications Update back office database (UNI-form) with information relevant to the planning application process Co-ordinate the process of & publicity of applications in accordance with set regulations and procedures Prepare and present information and data graphically to support the planning application process; Undertake tasks to support the Planning Manager, Lead Officers and Planning Officers in their role of assessing, recommending & determining planning applications and appeals; Process and assess a limited number of minor planning applications.


HND or SVQ4 or degree in a relevant discipline such as GIS or Spatial Data Management, plus relevant practical experience. Technical Membership of the RTPI, or eligibility for such, will be taken into account when considering the suitability of candidates.


Competency in the use and management of GI datasets, the electronic transfer of data, and in the application of information technology to the manipulation of data, is essential as is evidence of planning and progressing projects on own initiative.

Knowledge, application and management of a Windows based GIS application such as ESRI Arc View or similar, is essential as is the capacity to produce high quality digital mapping and planning/technical documents. Experience of using ESRI Arc View Online would be desirable. Knowledge and use of other back office technologies such as Idox UNIFORM and Idox Document Management System and Objective Keystone would also be desirable. Knowledge of cartographic techniques and Ordnance Survey digital data is desirable as is a familiarity with the development planning process in a local government environment.

Job Advert

Position Title: Planning GIS Technician

Position Number: Q346

Directorate: Education, Communities and Economy

Location: Fairfield House, Dalkeith

Contract Status: Permanent

Hours of Work: 25

Working Pattern: Three days per week

Weeks per year: 52

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 25 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £17,206.35 per annum.


CLOSING DATE - 23 November 2018

INTERVIEW DATE – 10 December 2018

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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