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Job Title Planning Officer
Job reference PPP5
Department Place Directorate
Grade SCP 26-28
Pay From: £34,834.00 To: £36,648.00 per annum
Hours 37 hours per week
Closing date 19 December 2023
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Job Description
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We Are St Helens Borough Council.

Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.

St Helens offers great opportunities as a place to live and work. St Helens Borough Council plays a key role in the Liverpool City Region and wider area, and has an acknowledged reputation as providing excellent planning services.

We are dealing with an exciting range of planning challenges, balancing needs for major new development linked to the Council’s growth agenda, against the protection of the Borough’s greenspaces and other environmental assets. We have recently adopted our ambitious new Local Plan.

We are looking for a Planning Officer (Policy) on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave of a colleague for one year. You will play a key role - working with other team members, undertaking a wide range of planning policy work. This will include research, drafting and refining policies, and monitoring their effectiveness over time, while working collaboratively with colleagues, and liaising with members of the public. A key priority in the short term will be supporting the preparation of a number of Supplementary Planning Documents and the implementation of the new Local Plan.
The post would be suitable for someone in the earlier stages of their planning career, or with more experience. You must have a degree in planning or a related discipline, and a good knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance and procedures. You must also be able to communicate well both orally and in writing, analyse information in a clear and logical manner and meet priorities and deadlines. You should also be able to work well as a team member and individually with minimum supervision, be enthusiastic and supportive to others and have good IT skills.
Experience of planning policy work is desirable but not essential.

In line with our new ways of working, this role is hybrid and will involve working from home with occasional working in our agile hub at Atlas House and Town Hall in St Helens Town Centre.

Interested to Find Out More?

You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.

You are also welcome to contact us for a chat before applying by contacting Sara Manson (Principal Planning Officer) at or 01744 673276.

Thank you for your interest in working for us. If you are experiencing issues with applying online, you can contact a member of the team at and a form will be sent to you to complete.

Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.

Equality & Diversity

St Helens Borough Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Borough Council can be found here

St Helens Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.

NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.

All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.
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Job Application Packs
Job Description- Planning Officer (Policy).pdf
Applicant letter.pdf
Person Specification- Planning Officer (Policy).pdf
Application Form - Non Disclosure.pdf
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