Principal Planning Officer (Development Management) MOR03607

The Moray Council

  • Location: Elgin
  • £42,959 to £46,974 per annum, SJC Grade 11 (36.25 hrs)
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: MOR03607

Job Description

To lead and supervise a Development Management Team within Development Services, including Statutory Responsibilities and Regulations.


To be responsible for the day to day leadership and supervision of a Team within the Development Management function within the context of structures and procedures developed for Development Services, Statutory Responsibilities and Regulations.
To provide professional advice to the Manager, Development Management and to the Council, staff and the public and carry out projects on Development Management related matters.
To make decisions on Applications for Planning Permission and other Development Management matters in accordance with the Council’s approved delegation scheme.
To draft recommendations on complex major Planning Applications, check other Applications being presented to Committee and present Applications to the Planning & Regulatory Services Committee.
Represent the Council at Public Inquiries and Hearings in relation to Planning Appeals and S.36 Applications.
Contributing to the effectiveness of the service.

The Individual

3 years Development Management (post MRTPI)
A degree in Town Planning accrediated by the Royal Town Planning Institute
Full Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute
Negotiating skills
Understanding of Local Government/Planning issues
Analytical abilities
Ability to work on own initiative
Excellent level of accuracy in work
Experience of dealing with major planning applications
Ability to contribute effectively to meetings and present at Planning and Regulatory Services Committee
Ability to interpret and apply Planning Legislation and Policies, and make assessments
Excellent Report Writing skills
Leadership or Supervision of Development Management or other Planning staff
Ability to develop, review and monitor work systems and data management
Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently
IT skills
Ability to absorb and process technical and financial information
Knowledge and experience of various software packages, including Word, Excel and Access
Ability to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Moray to meet the operational requirements of the Service, due to the rural nature of Moray this is normally undertaken by use of a car/van
Teamwork, team Leadership
Ability to relate well to Customers
Ability to motivate staff
Ability to work effectively in a team, contribute to a team and show initiative to work on your own with minimum supervision
Ability to relate well to customers and other professionals
Ability to relate well with all levels of staff
Excellent communication skills both oral and written
Willingness to work in a demanding position where a flexible and corporate approach is required
Willingness to accept direction/delegation
Ability to work in an open plan office
Appreciation, acceptance and commitment to the importance of confidentiality
Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs and demands of the service
Ability to work in different offices dependent on service requirements

Closing Date: Friday 14 December 2018
Starting Salary: £42,959.15
£22.79 per hour
36.25 hours per week

Interviews to be held on Thursday 10 January 2019

For further information contact: Jim Grant on 01343 563262

Applications must be made online at

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