Planning Officer [Bury] #00061F5B1

June 20, 2022

Job Description

Required ASAP

A Planning officer at the level 3 on the JD/PS, candidate need to be able to hit the ground running. Must have a planning degree/diploma or equivalent. Demonstrable experience of major development proposals at application and appeal stages.

1 x 3 months

Hybrid working so home working but there could be a requirement to work in the office dependant on service needs

Special Conditions of Service:

Attendance at evening meetings.

Purpose and Objectives of Post: To assist in the administration of the Council’s duties set out in the various planning and amenity acts, in developing and carrying out its corporate policies and in the guidance and management of development and enforcement of regulations to provide a better environment, with particular reference to the consideration of planning and other related subjects.

As an employee of Bury Council you have a responsibility for, and must be committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm.

Accountable to: Development Manager

Immediately Responsible to: Principal Planning Officer

Immediately Responsible for: Technical Support Staff

Relationships: (Internal and External)

Internal: Liaison with professional, technical and administrative staff in the Department, other departments of the Authority and elected members.

External: Liaison and discussion with applicants, other interested individuals and organisations, their legal representatives and with officers of other bodies and departments, members of the press and members of the public.

Control of Resources:

Equipment: Computer and Communications hardware and software

Health and Safety: Personal Safety Equipment as supplied


Level 1


1. Process applications (enforcement cases) under the Town and Country Planning and associated acts administered by the Planning Services Division as allocated by the Development Manager and or Principal Planning Officer and or administer the Planning Appeals Process and or Planning Enforcement action.

2. Attend meetings on site and in the office both during and outside normal office hours in relation to the carrying out of the work required.

3. Prepare a report on each application/action, incorporating the views of the organisations and persons consulted and recommendation, and discuss this report with the Principal Planner. Make recommendations with regard to conditions and reasons for refusal.

4. Prepare as required written statements, representations, etc, for planning appeals and attend site visits.

5. Answer general Development Management queries by letter, telephone and email.

6. Explain reasons for decisions to applicants and other interested persons, organisations, etc.

7. Take responsibility for keeping abreast of changes in relevant legislation, policy and procedure relating to this area of planning work.

8. Maintain a working knowledge of IT packages appropriate to the work of the Development Management Section and use them in the delivery of the service.

Level 2

PLANNING OFFICER (inc ENFORCEMENT) (in addition to the above)

9. Prepare as required and/or present evidence on behalf of the Authority at planning /enforcement appeal hearings/inquiries (simple)

10. Contribute to the preparation of reports on Development Management policies and other related matters as required and support the back office systems as appropriate.

11. In respect of the Level 1 posts advise and assist in execution of their duties.

Level 2 – Specialist Support

In addition to the above act as specialist support officer for back office systems.

Level 3

SENIOR PLANNING OFFICER (inc ENFORCEMENT) (the duties for this grade will be all or one or a combination of the following)

12. Deputise for the Principal Planner in his/her absence.

13. Undertake additional duties of special responsibility as directed by the Development Manager.

14. Prepare written reports and handle appeal cases in respect of complex proposals, incorporating the views of the organisations and persons consulted and recommendation. (This complexity of development would normally require a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience).

Where an employee is asked to undertake duties other than those specified directly in his/her job description, such duties shall be discussed with the employee concerned who may have his/her Trade Union Representative present if so desired. (See paragraph 203 of supplemental Conditions of Service)