We’re looking for a skilled and motivated planning officer to join our team.
Our planning service is continuing with our major change programme to help make it fit for the future and be fully able to support the significant change Edinburgh faces in the years ahead.
We are looking for a planning officer who is committed to delivering an efficient, effective and customer-focused planning service and delivering great places.
You will be responsible for handling a varied and challenging range and volume of planning and enforcement cases, for carrying out projects and contributing to change and improvement, and for supporting the professional development of yourself and your colleagues.
As part of our agile, multidisciplinary workforce, you will be expected to continually gain skills enabling you to work in different teams and operational areas in the planning service.
We are committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.
We’re recruiting four Assistant Planners to work with us in the Edinburgh planning service. So, if you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved in a range of planning projects and processes, develop your knowledge and skills, and of course, work with a great bunch of people, then you can apply here. Closing date is 10 December 2021.
In this short video some of the team share what it’s like to work here.
I began work as an Assistant Planner at the City of Edinburgh Council in August 2016. Over the two year programme I gained experience working on planning policy, planning applications and enforcement. The two year programme gives newly qualified planners the opportunity to learn different aspects of planning and gain a broad range of experience to gain chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This could include working on masterplans, urban design projects and using the Place Standard.
Whilst working on planning policy I worked on updates to planning guidance, undertook research into Short Stay Commercial Visitor Accommodation and wrote Planning Committee reports. I also helped to designate Restalrig as Edinburgh’s 50th conservation area, working with community groups and members of the public on drafting the Character Appraisal, preparing consultation materials, and meeting community groups.
In my second year I moved to development management and enforcement. I gained experience of processing local planning applications, listed building consents and investigating breaches of planning control. I also provided planning advice at the help desk. The work is varied and interesting and gives you the opportunity to influence development in the capital city.
Learning, Development & Mentoring
Regular training on a variety of topics is provided to support learning and development. Assistant Planner’s are also given a place at the RTPI Young Planner’s Conference. As well as training, I was supported through the RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence process by a mentor. We met on a monthly basis to monitor my progress with my logbook and ensure I was receiving sufficient experience. My mentor hugely supporting me in my submission and I secured chartered membership of the RTPI last year.
Since completing the two year programme as an Assistant Planner I was successful in obtaining a permanent position as a Planning Officer within the Householder and Enforcement team. I have subsequently been given the opportunity to work in the City Centre Major Developments team. There are regular opportunities to work in different areas and get varied work experience, making the Edinburgh planning service a great place to start your career in planning!