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Senior Planning Officer (Ref: 2023_636)

Seaclose Offices, Newport, and ability for agile working

Grade 10, £35,488 to £38,232 per annum

Contact: Russell Chick – or Sarah Wilkinson – or telephone: 01983 821000

Vacancy Reference: 2023_636

Closing Date: 07/12/2023

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Maternity cover for 12 months, until 10th January 2025) Start date from:  8th January 2024

Hours: 37 per week


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and positive person to work within our busy development management section to provide maternity cover for 12 months. Specialising in dealing with minor and smaller scale major planning applications, experience of dealing with larger major planning applications would be welcomed.


-You will have the ability to process and assess a range of different planning proposals within rural and urban areas.


-You will have demonstrable experience in negotiating with a range of stakeholders, while having sound knowledge of the planning process.


Even though it would be for a fixed period you will be an important part of our development management team within an authority that strives for positive outcomes to build a brighter future for the Island. For the right candidate there may be the scope to extend beyond 12 months.


This is an excellent role for someone looking to take the next step in their planning career, or keen to explore a new environment.


For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Russell Chick – or Sarah Wilkinson –  

or telephone: 01983 821000

When you join #TeamIWC you'll receive our staff benefits package, including:

-  Annual leave entitlement of 32 days p/a PLUS public holidays!

-  Local Government pension scheme

-  Discounted Solent ferry travel

-  Island bus network discount

-  Cycle to work scheme

-  Staff parking permit scheme

-  Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

-  National and local discounts & benefits schemes


A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 may be available to new employees specifically relocating to the Isle of Wight to take up a role with us. If you choose to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may be eligible get your travel costs reimbursed. Further details are available upon request.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.


The Isle of Wight Council’s Terms & Conditions of employment are available upon request. Please contact our recruitment team via if you would like to receive a copy.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing Date: 7 December 2023