Planning Assistant

East Cambridgeshire District Council

£23,836 – 26,999 p.a., plus benefits

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s positive and pro-active approach to development has resulted in a period of growth within the district. We are looking to appoint a full time (37 hours per week) Planning Assistant to join our vibrant planning team on a permanent basis. 

The District has internationally renowned heritage and environmental assets, together with new industrial projects, a major extension to the north of Ely, and retail proposals.  In order to help meet the growth challenges we face, we are recruiting for a talented professional member of staff to join our committed team. 

As Planning Assistant you will provide a support service for Planning Officers, Senior Planning Officers, Planning Manager and the Planning Enforcement Team.  Duties will include providing support with the processing of major planning applications, assisting with the completion of the appeal caseload, discharge of condition applications, research and assisting with the preparation for Planning Committee and other meetings.  In addition you will also be responsible for your own caseload, processing smaller household applications, as directed by the Planning Team Leaders. This post is ideal for someone who is looking to take their first steps towards a career in Planning.  

Ideally applicants should be educated to degree level (or equivalent), but this is not essential, as long as you can demonstrate strong communication, organisational, administrative and interpersonal skills.  In addition you will be a team worker who is able to work accurately to deadlines and committed to delivering a high quality service.

The Council offers a range of benefits including:

  • Childcare scheme (in approved cases)
  • Flexible working
  • Training and development
  • Occupational health programme
  • Essential user allowance (up to £1,239 p.a.)
  • Holidays, sickness and pension scheme entitlements

Closing date for completed applications is: Sunday 23rd February 2020

Interviews will be held on: 2nd March 2020

For informal discussion about the post please contact the Planning Team Leaders on 01353 665555 or apply on line at:

The Council is an equal opportunities employer.