• Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils – Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX
  • £29,269 – £33,945 per annum (pro rata for part time) + Essential Car User Allowance
  • Full Time, 37 hours per week
  • Permanent

Full time, part time and job share opportunities will be considered.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a Planning Officer to join our Development Management Team. You will share our values, commitment, and motivation to make a difference for our residents, clients, and communities.

About the role

This is a Career Graded role, offering fantastic opportunities to develop your career within Planning. We’re dedicated to fostering professional growth, and for suitable candidates, we offer support for further education up to degree or master’s level.

In this role, you will:

  • implement development management and planning decision-making, reflecting the nature of the districts and how they function, in accordance with the councils’ strategies and policies for securing sustainable development
  • pro-actively and proportionately enable the making of clear and timely planning decisions, considering the needs of the community, and holding an awareness of the need to uphold the reputation of the councils at all times through delivering excellent customer service
  • provide expert advice on all planning and associated matters in committee and appeal settings and represent both councils at a parish and town council level on the implementation of spatial planning decision-making and development management.

About you

Whether an entry-level Planner, or a more experienced Planning Officer seeking a fresh challenge, with opportunities for continued development and progression, you will be motivated to help us positively shape our environment through fostering sustainable growth and the delivery of the right homes and jobs, in the right places.

A team player with initiative, you will be solutions-focused with an appetite for effective collaboration with our key stakeholders in implementing our spatial vision for the Districts, as we progress the adoption of our new, joint Local Plan.

You will need to have access to a vehicle, for which an essential car user allowance is paid, and a full, valid UK driving licence.

About us

Working together across our councils and with our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, we provide excellent services to our 190,000 residents across Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

We are proud of the role we play in creating the environment, economy, and communities for our districts. We believe that the heart of Suffolk is an incredibly special place to live and work. With picturesque market towns, 60 conservation areas and with two National Landscapes within our districts, it is little wonder that we are consistently within the top 50 places to live in the UK.


  • Great opportunities for learning and development.
  • Generous leave entitlement (equivalent to 26 days a year, increasing to 31 days after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays).
  • Competitive Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Wellbeing Support Program.
  • Employee Assist Program.
  • Health Care Options.

For more information, please visit our Employee Benefits page (suffolkjobsdirect,org).

Our ways of working

Work is what we do, not where we go! We are committed to working in a more Hybrid way, with a mix of office, home, and remote based working (Business needs permitting). This has worked well for us and is something we will be continuing with.

We are committed to supporting equality and diversity, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils provide opportunity and ambition for all, supporting and enabling our people to deliver the best possible service for our residents.

For more information

Please read the Development_Management_Planning_Officer_Grade_4_PS and Development_Management_Planning_Officer_Career_Grade_4-5_JD before applying for this job opportunity.

If you wish to discuss the hybrid working approach for this role, or for an informal discussion, please contact Julie Havard, Business Practice Manager on (01473) 296342 or 07860 827046 or email: julie.havard@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

Closing date: 5pm, 26 April 2024.

Promoted as FJ (Featured Job) on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

When applying, please ensure:

  • that you complete the application form as fully as possible with your employment and educational history as shortlisting will be based upon the application form and supporting statement only.
  • your statement indicates how you meet each of the criteria in the ‘Person Profile’ section of the Job Description/Person Specification (JDPS).

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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