Planning Officer Development Management x 2

Planning Officer Development Management x 2

Grade: DNPA Grade 4 - 5 (pay award pending)

Salary: £25,409 - £34,723 per annum

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract length: x1 Permanent role / x1 Maternity Cover (up to 12 months)

About Us

Dartmoor National Park Authority is the body that oversees the vibrant, living, working landscape and community that is Dartmoor. 

Our vision is to work with others to make Dartmoor alive with nature, a great place to live and work, celebrated for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, carbon negative and provides a warm welcome to all.

We are a small organisation but our staff, Members and volunteers are committed to making a difference – leaving Dartmoor in a better condition than we inherited it.

We are now looking for Planning Officers to join our Development Management team. We are recruiting to 1 permanent position and 1 temporary position providing maternity cover.  Both positions are full time (37 hours per week), however we will consider applications for part time or flexible working arrangements. 

The Benefits

- Salary of £25,409 - £34,723 per annum (pay award pending)
- Generous annual leave and flexitime policies 
- Cycle to work scheme
- Access to electric vehicle pool car fleet
- Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Beautiful office location on National Trust estate, with free parking and café on site
- Discounts at National Park Visitor Centres and Car Parks

This is the ideal role for a planning professional with a government or public sector background to advance their career with our culturally and environmentally significant organisation. Starting salary will be dependent on skills and experience, so whatever stage of your Planning career you are at we would love to hear from you.

We take responsibility for the breath-taking Dartmoor National Park and we take this seriously. Your role will be of key importance to the success of our planning activities and you will be involved in all aspects of our planning work from review and investigation through to hearings and enforcement. 

You will have the chance to put your stamp on this incredible area of the UK, making a real difference to local communities, businesses and visitors alike.

The Role

As the Planning Officer, you’ll provide advice and guidance on planning-related matters to applicants, agents, the public, authority members and parish/town councils. 

Monitoring developments, you will deal with a range of development management casework. You will investigate and resolve alleged unauthorised developments within the National Park, dealing with the associated development management casework in line with relevant policies, procedures and enforcement codes of practice. 

Taking a team-focused approach to your work, you will: 

- Provide a prompt, helpful and courteous response to planning-related enquiries 
- Offer advice by discussion and negotiation with applicants, and/or their agents 
- Examine and consider a range of applications initially with the integrated development management team in accordance with statutory deadlines 
- Carry out site inspections and negotiations with applicants and/or their agents and specialist staff 
- Ensure that approved plans are complied with and the requirements of conditions are met 
- Maintain accurate and reliable records 
- Help to prepare appeal statements and proofs of evidence and provide factual evidence at hearings, public inquiries and at Court 
- Present planning reports to the Development Management Committee and at member site inspections 
- Assist Legal representatives in the preparation of legal agreements 
- Prepare appeal statements and proofs of evidence for hearings and public inquiries 

About You

To be considered as a Planning Officer, you will need: 

- Experience of local government or public sector, working within development management 
- Knowledge and experience of legislation in relation to gathering evidence for Court proceedings and experience of giving evidence in similar situations 
- Up to date knowledge of planning laws and procedures 
- Experience of investigating potential breaches of planning and advertisement consent 
- Practical experience in the use of a range of IT applications for storing, retrieving and communicating information 

The ideal candidate will be a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Experience of visiting and dealing with the public, agents and elected Members on development management matters would be beneficial to your application. An understanding of design and the built environment would also be advantageous, as would as understanding the role of National Park Authorities and of planning issues specific to National Parks. 

We’d like to hear from you if you’ve worked as a Development Management Officer, Planning Policy Officer, Policy Officer, National Park Planning Officer, Rural Planning Officer, Planner, Policy & Planning Officer or Planning Monitoring Officer.

Dartmoor National Park Authority is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9JQ.

Closing date:

Monday 16 October 2023 at 17:00 pm

Interview date:

w/c 30 October 2023

How to apply:

To apply for this position please click HERE