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Aberdeenshire Council
£22,717.22 - £34,387.92 per year
14 Oct 2016
28 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on the attachments below. These explain the job role and the type of person we are looking for.

You have or are working towards a degree in Town and Country Planning or equivalent, are eligible for membership of the RTPI and hold a current valid driving licence. You will be responsible for processing a wide range of planning and other applications and have the ability to negotiate with applicants, agents and consultees. As well as having good communication skills to prepare and present reports, you also have the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.

Consideration may also be given to a candidate who holds a degree or equivalent qualification and would be eligible to study for a post graduate RTPI accredited course in Planning.

This post is part of a career grade scheme and salary placement will be in accordance with the scheme.

There is a responsibility for the post holder to demonstrate a commitment to quality service delivery through continuous improvement for the benefit of the Service and the organisation

The majority of posts within Aberdeenshire Council fall into one of the categories as detailed on the Worksmart website - 

This post has a minimum requirement of one reference which must be your current or most recent employer.

Informal enquiries to Darren Ross - 01358726429



The successful applicant will work as part of a team providing a Development Management service to the Area. 

  • Undertake all aspects of Development Management workload in accordance with relevant legislation
  • Prepare reports for Council Committees, Director, Head of Service, Planning & Building Standards, Planning Manager and Team Managers
  • To liaise with other services of the Council and external organisations in connection with development management matters and negotiate solutions with developers
  • Provide written or oral information and advice on planning matters to the public, Members and developers, including presentation to council committees
  • Contribute to the enhancement of development management and planning activities
  • To determine planning applications in accordance with relevant planning policies and guidance
  • To support the delivery of the Council's continuous improvement strategy  

The Individual

Essential Criteria

  • Degree or equivalent in Town & Country Planning
  • Eligible for membership of the RTPI
  • Current valid driving licence
  • Good written and spoken communication and organisational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of planning legislation
  • Ability to assess planning applications in accordance with local and national policy
  • Ability to negotiate with applicants, agents and consultees
  • Ability to write clear, accurate factual reports on planning applications and other issues
  • Ability to contribute to a team while taking responsibility for specific pieces of work
  • Ability to assess information and find constructive solutions on own initiative 
  • Ability to deal effectively but diplomatically with people, often in difficult and pressurised situations
  • Ability to prioritise and structure a varied workload
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages


Desirable Criteria

  • Practical knowledge of development management work and hands on experience of planning applications and appeals
  • Familiarity with architectural principles combined with a sound appreciation of design issues
  • Ability to use GIS

See also:
Applying for a job with Aberdeenshire Council.pdf